Creating weekly or monthly menus for your family is easier than you think; especially since you have already done the hard part of writing everything down.
There are two different ways to go about creating a menu for your family.
The first way is to pick one meat dish for each day of the week and then create the rest of the menu around that. For example:
Thursday: Left overs (Fend for yourself)
Friday: Something Different/New recipe/Kids Choice
Saturday: Dinner Out
Once you have a basic idea of what type of meat will be served on each day, you then go to the list you created and chose one dish from each list. This week for “beef” you might choose steak, next week, you might choose roast. Chicken might be chicken picata and next week might be chicken and dumplings. One thing I always do is rotate my “Large meat” selection so that I can have something easy to create for left over night. One week I might make a whole chicken one night and left over night might be chicken fajitas or chicken pot pie. Another week I might make a large pork loin in the crock pot and have it with chili verde sauce for tacos one night and then mix it with barbeque sauce for pulled pork sandwiches for left over night. Lasagna is another great one because left overs are simply a reheat and then you have the whole night off.
The second way to create a meal plan for your family is to have theme nights. This works for many families because it gives the kids lots of different options and can be a bit easier for busier moms. For example:
Sunday: Big family dinner
Monday: Meatless Mondays
Tuesdays: Taco Tuesdays
Wednesdays: Left overs
Thursdays: Traveling Thursdays (chose a different region in the world and make meals based on that: Chinese food, Italian food, etc)
Saturday: Soup/Salad/Sandwich Saturdays
This type of plan is great because everyone knows what’s coming up for dinner. You can vary it as much or as little as you want depending on how busy your lifestyle is and how adventurous your family is. Some other themes you can use are:
|Burgers||Freezer Meal||Italian||Sandwich||Take Out|
|Casserole||Foil Pack||Kids Choice||Slow Cooker|
Once you have figured out what themes you want to use on what days, all you have to do next is go back to your list and insert those types of dishes on those theme days. Stay tuned for some examples of meal plans that work for our family.