Last week I covered why I menu plan, today I want to continue the menu planning theme with tips for making your plan work for you.
I tend to be a person that likes schedules, but I know many of you are not. Not everyone likes a plan or routine.
Many people are turned off to menu planning because they don’t make it work for them. My number one tip for menu planning is to make it work for you.
My plan works for my family, but it may not work for yours. Don’t try to do what I do, figure out what works for you.
We eat at home almost every meal, but you may not. Maybe you work full time, or have no children at home. You might have a schedule that is continually changing.
I like to plan three meals a day, seven days a week, but you might not eat that much at home. If that is the case, just make a dinner plan. If breakfast is the meal that you struggle with, then start with just planning breakfasts for the week.
If you tend to have really busy weekends and do not want to be locked into a plan, then just plan Monday through Fridays.
If you do not want to plan a specific recipe, just put the meal type on the plan. If it is easier just put Mexican or pasta on the plan instead of a specific Mexican recipe. This will give you a little more room for change.
This is your plan; you can do what you want. There is no right or wrong way to menu plan.
I think too often people avoid menu planning because they do not like to be locked into a plan, but do not look at a menu plan like this. It is not set in stone.
Many times life happens and my plan changes. We all have sickness, doctor appointments, broken down vehicles, kid’s schedules, etc. That is to be expected, just go with it when that happens. You are not failing if you don’t stick to the plan every day of the week. It is okay to relax with your plan every once in awhile.
If you menu plan do you plan all your meals or just dinners? How do you make your plan work for you?