What is the worst thing about being responsible for meals at your house?
If you just said, “deciding what to cook,” then you are not alone. Making a decision about what to have for dinner each night gets old. Add in picky eaters or dietary restrictions, and the task is even more daunting.
One of the things that has helped me is to have a Master Meal List. This is NOT a list of foods most often requested by the master of the house. Oh, no. This Master Meal List is a list of ALL of the main dishes that you and your family enjoys. I recommend keeping this list in a notebook, your planner, or on the computer so that you can refer to it and add to it as you try new recipes.
I keep my list in a 3 ring binder that I use for household information.
If you want to get fancy, you can keep your lists in other formats. A quick search at www.pinterest.com for “meal planning” will yield many ideas for ways to organize your meal lists and menus.
I have my list divided into these categories: beef, chicken, fish, ham & pork, quick & easy, and crockpot. If one meal fits into two different categories, then I put it on both lists. For instance, I have “stuffed pepper soup” on the beef list because it is made with ground beef and on the crockpot list because I always make it in the crockpot.
You may have different categories for your meals. You might like to have a category for vegetarian meals or gourmet meals. The categories are up to you.
When you’re making your weekly meal plan, this Master Meal List will help you to add variety to your menus. It’s so easy to get into a rut and serve the same few meals week in and week out. Please don’t skip this important assignment for today!
Wrack your brain, ask other family members, look through your recipe file. Do whatever you need to do to come up with a complete of meals that you and your family like to eat. This resource will become invaluable to you.
What categories of meals will you have on your Master Meal List?