I will plan my meals for 4 to 6 weeks at a time. The first thing I did was make a list of every breakfast/lunch/dinner that I could think of that my family will eat. I came up with almost 60 dinners! That gives me a lot of variety. Then I plan weekly meals from that list, trying to plan so that we're not eating chicken or beef dinners 2 or 3 nights in a row. For example, Sundays are usually a roast of some kind, Monday is a casserole night, Tuesday is skillet meal night, Wednesday is vegetarian, Thursday is hot sandwich night, Friday is pasta (spaghetti, lasagna, etc.) and Saturday is homemade pizza. I try to not repeat dinner menu options throughout the month except for the Saturday night pizza.
I do try to have leftovers. They become lunch for hubby at work or a hot lunch for those of us here at home. If I roast a chicken, I'll usually roast 2 chickens and use the meat from the 2nd one for sandwiches/casseroles/etc.
at 10:16 PM on Jun. 16, 2010