Monday marks the start of a new week and with it comes the infamous question “what’s for dinner tonight”? Planning dinner on the spot can be stressful and can result in a lot of time back and forth to the grocery store. So what can you do to save time, sanity, and keep from making so many unnecessary trips?
Start by creating a list of all the meals that you know how to prepare or prepare on a regular basis. Having a go to list of everything that you know how to cook is a great way to spark your memory when you have no idea what to make. A good place to start is to divide the list into categories like: chicken, beef, turkey, fish, vegetarian, and side dishes.
Keep the list in the kitchen in a handy location. On Saturday or Sunday before you do your weekly shopping go through the list and decide what you will have for each day that week. Write it down so you don’t forget. Trust me; I’ve made that mistake before! Then make your shopping list checking the recipes so you don’t miss any ingredients.
As a note, there may be some ingredients that will not hold until the end of the week so you may have to make a list of items to purchase later in the week.
Knowing what my family will have for dinner every night…that’s the good life!