As mentioned this morning, today’s task for Organization Week is to try meal planning. My goals for meal planning are to:
- Spend less money by having more purpose with my grocery shopping;
- Eat more variety; and
- Try out fun recipes.
There are many ways to plan your meals — plan all meals vs. planning a few; plan daily or weekly; electronic plans or paper plans. Here’s how I’m going to approach it:
Last night, I found an old 3-ring binder and organized it into sections as follows:
If you’re like me, I flip through magazines and see wonderful recipes and tips, think to myself, "Oh! I should try that!," throw away the magazine, and forget the awesome recipe or tip. Now, I plan to tear out the pages, hole punch them, and place in this folder:
Once I try a recipe in the book, I will flag it if I like it or I will tear it out and throw it away if I don’t:
I could also print out recipes from the Internet or blogs. I’m just a paper kind of girl — I could never do this electronically.
Some tips I want to explore further:
I added a paper calendar to the front with some meal ideas for the week. I don’t feel compelled to stick to this list (and I might not plan for every day and certainly NOT for every meal), but it will help me when I’m stuck in a rut.
I also added a plastic pocket sheet so I could keep all my coupons with my recipes:
I plan to take the whole binder with me when I go grocery shopping, thus eliminating the need to make a grocery list for the planned meals.
What do you think? Once I build up my binder, I think it will be AWESOME! I’m pretty excited. I’m going to stick to this habit for 21 days (that’s how long it takes to make something stick!) and see if I like it.
Onto my eats…. I snacked on some apricots this AM:
And lunch was a grilled Barney Butter sammie with blueberries (I’m out of veggies!):
Lunch Break is OVER! Time to go back to work. 🙁