If you have been reading my blog for much time at all, you know I love menu planning. I swear by it actually. I think that menu planning is the most important step to healthier eating. I’m not saying that everything I feed my family is perfect and clean and healthy, but what I am saying is without menu planning, our diet would be worse.
It is so difficult sometimes to go to work, workout, get kids to and from school, deliver kids to all the activities and cook dinner every night. I can’t imagine how much more difficult it would be if I had to stop each day and decide what to have for dinner. In my world, dinners are planned so far in advance that I feel like I never have to think about it. Of course, I do think about it. It is December 30th and I just finished thinking about dinners for the entire month of January. I will start thinking about February dinners later this week and will probably be thinking about the February menu for the whole month of January, but only a few minutes at a time.
Planning dinners for a whole month might seem daunting to some people. Maybe even impossible. It’s not. It might seem unattractive to some people and that’s okay. I want to encourage all of my readers to do some form of meal planning, at least a week at a time. I find it easier to meal plan with a formula. I cook a larger entree on Sunday that can be made over into something else on Wednesday. I do soups or salads on Mondays, slow-cooker creations on Tuesdays, leftovers with dessert on Thursdays, breakfast for dinner on Fridays, and Saturdays change month to month. For January, Saturday is sheet-pan supper night. This type of formula could work for a one-week menu or any other number of weeks at a time. I do not suggest planning for less than one week at a time because that would require multiple trips to the grocery store, which means more money and more time spent on dinners each week.
To get started, feel free to print my menu and use what you like. Change what you don’t like. Also, ease into this by planning only 3 or 4 dinners per week if you’re not used to eating at home every day.
My wish is for you to have a great start to 2020!
Check out the recipes on my January Menu Pinterest board.