Hi again! I’m glad you’re keeping up with this series on Menu Planning! It’s a great way to relieve stress, save time, and save money each month! If you haven’t tried doing it before (or even if you have and found your system doesn’t work!) follow my easy steps (starting with Part 1 and Part 2 of this series), and you’ll have it figured out in no time!
Homework 3: Make a Master List of your Favorite Recipes
I have a running list of recipes that I’ve started. It’s nothing fancy. It’s just a piece of binder paper with all of the family favorites I’ve made throughout the years. Sometimes our brains get so overloaded with everything we have to do to keep a household running smoothly that the fact that our kids love Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup falls through the cracks!
I enlisted the help of my family when I created my list, because I could only remember so many of the dishes we liked. These dishes are the ones you know so well, you don’t need a recipe. These dishes are the ones your family loved so much you wish you had made a double batch. These are the recipes your Hubby asks for on his birthday. These are the tried and true. These are the never fail. These are your life-savers.
Some of the recipes on your list are going to be more labor intensive, and some of them (like the aforementioned Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup), are going to be made with things you likely have in your pantry already!
So, now you should have all of your miscellaneous recipes filed, your freezer inventoried, and your Master List compiled. You are SO close to being able to menu plan stress free! Hang in there.
See you tomorrow for Part 4!