I’ve been getting burnt out with planning lately. It takes so much time to come up with 6-7 new dinner recipes each week. Part of the problem is that I don’t have a great system for recipe management. I keep a binder of recipes I’ve printed and ripped out of magazines with my cookbooks, my Saveur magazine’s live together as I refuse to ruin them and more inspiration is pinned on my Pinterest.
In efforts to streamline our meal planning and grocery shopping, I put together a few smaller lists of meal plans, just 3 each. I know myself and I know that if I tried to tie myself down to 7 pre-planned meals, I would rebel and take us out for dinner. These are mostly things I’ve made before or are on this week’s schedule. If they don’t work out, I know I can switch something else in.
Each week, we can pick a flavor since the recipes share fresh herbs and other ingredients, hopefully helping our grocery dollar stretch a little further. This system is designed to that I can still experiment with new recipes each week too, just a smaller, more manageable number.
Also, I want to memorize these recipes. I’ve become way too attached to reading recipes and have gotten out of the habit of changing things up and experimenting with ingredients. Hopefully, memorizing a few standards will help!
How do you meal plan? Any suggestions?