You’re ready to start planning out your meals but you’re not sure how to begin. There are three good ways to do it:
- Using Evernote or some other note taking software
- Using some sort of spreadsheet software like Excel or Google Docs
- Using pencil and paper
Personally, I use Evernote. My daily tasks are still managed with Remember The Milk, but Evernote is another invaluable tool that I use. If you’ve never heard of it, you really should go take a look at it.
- I decide if I’m going to do 1 week or more. For this example, I only did 1 week.
- Check to see what I have on hand in the refrigerator. This time, I had extra zucchini and eggplant from the farmer’s market (I had got such a great deal on it). I also had ground chicken that I needed to cook that I had gotten a good deal on, too. Also wanted to use some of the cheese we have.
- Put the few meals I knew I wanted to make, like the chicken meat loaf, bbq beef and eggplant parmesan.
- Check my schedule to see what days were my busiest. Put the meals that I can do in a crock pot down for those days.
- Check to see what’s in the freezer. In this case, I have some Tilapia that I want to use.
- Fill in the lunches with leftovers
- Update my shopping lists: Trader Joe’s, Vons, Farmer’s Market, etc.
- Voila! Complete meal plan.