Mini Meal Plan Ideas

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!

Asian Flavors
Thai Beef with Basil
Easy Pad Thai
Coconut Curry

Italian Flavors
Penne with Kale and Sausage
Crock pot Ragu
Poached Eggs in tomato sauce

Mexican Flavors
Enchilada Hot Dish
Crock pot Chicken Tinga
Spicy Black Bean Burgers

American Flavors
Salmon Cakes + seasonal side
Chicken Wings + seasonal side
Creamy Butternut Cavatappi with Blue Cheese

How do you meal plan? Any suggestions?

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