Meal Planning: I Think I’ve Figured Out a System

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Hello, Lovers. I changed my commenting system, because the old one was being a dick. If I ever get time, I’ll just switch this site over to the same style as Artchoo. But who has time when focusing all my energy on my beauty regimen. Thanks for your comments, by the way. I tried to reply, but that’s how my commenting system was being a dick. I couldn’t reply. So instead I replied to each of you out loud- I hope you heard.

Did you guys watch the Super Bowel? I didn’t. I mean, I watched it as much as I ever do, which is just enough to comment on how huge the football players are, and every once in a while to ask a completely inane question or shout out: Look at their butts!

My sis and I took advantage of the evening by going out to a fancy restaurant for a couple of drinks at the bar, because we knew it would be empty. Nevertheless, I did provide delicious food for my family by making slow cooker pulled pork. How do I make it, you ask? I throw a pork shoulder in the slow cooker, dump barbeque sauce over it and slap it on high for 6-7 hours. Oh yeah, I do line the bottom with chopped onions first, so there’s that bonus vegetable.

This is pretty much how I like to cook. I call it the dump and slurp method. No I don’t. Today I posted on my Facebook page to see if anyone had tips or good sites about meal planning, and there were mostly crickets chirping. This leads me to believe none of you are good at meal planning either, or you eat mostly cereal and cookies like we do.

Anyway, I spend far too much money at the grocery store due to poor planning, and it’s giving me a twitchy eye. So I said to myself, self, I said, Why don’t you organize all of this on Pinterest? And sure enough, I discovered yet another reason why Pinterest is the most wonderful place on earth.

I set up 8 boards: Pork, chicken, beef, meatless, soups, slow cooker, salads and sides. No need for a dessert board, because I don’t need to “plan” desserts; they happen quite regularly on their own in my home, thank you very much.

soup

My first meal pin is tomato, basil, cheddar soup from More Fruit Please. I’m sure she’d be thrilled with this honor.

So my whole deal is that I’m going to pin meals in these categories that I already make on a regular basis, and that I want to incorporate into our little lives. Then I’ll go through weekly and write on my calendar what we’re having each night. As for shopping for the ingredients, I already use Zip List on my phone, so I can clip the recipes from Pinterest with my Ziplist clip recipe thingy up on my toolbar, and shop like the wind for the week.

This takes care of the planning, if I actually go through with this. I want to get this down, and then my next plan is to cook some stuff ahead of time and portion them out in the freezer for future meals that I can whip out and defrost instead of eating cereal and cookies.

Doesn’t this all sound wonderful in theory? Have you any advice? Tips? Tricks? Words of encouragement or derision? At least show me a photo of your open mouth with food tumbling out. I think my new comment system allows pictures.

13 Comments

  1. Lisa Waszkiewicz
    02/04/2013 / 11:04 am

    Here's how I do it – I declare loudly to my offspring "I plan to feed you today. I just don't know what". Then I scramble through the pantry and whip up a feast of Pop Tarts, scrambled eggs, silken tofu and black beans. Do it often enough and people will stop expecting you to plan and learn to cook. Really though – I am muy anal about meal planning – because I'm cheap. I write a list on the fridge of what I'll be cooking (taking into consideration busy nights that may need quick food). I rotate out regular favourites. If I have a night that's low key – I might go crazy and try a new recipe. If I can I make a double batch of something and freeze half for one of those busy nights. I keep ingredients simple and never shop without a list.

    • 02/05/2013 / 12:14 pm

      That's what I need to start doing! Just double-batching some recipes and freezing! That would ease things up a million percent. Consider yourself high-fived.

  2. 02/04/2013 / 5:40 pm

    I have a few dozen tried and true meals that I rotate and weekly I make a list of what I'll make each week, making sure not to do too many similar things (not too much Mexican and only one pasta per week) and leaving one night for leftovers or to eat out. I know there are sites that do it for you, but I prefer the old paper and pencil approach.

    Tips: I start by looking to see what I have in the pantry. If I have a lot of black beans or salsa in the house, I'll make sure some of the meals use those ingredients. Also if we'll be super busy that week, I'll plan more crockpot meals or soup and sandwich type meals.

    And I just happen to have a food blog with a bunch of recipes I'd love to recommend. Here's one that is my favorite crockpot meal (and the picture does not do it justice): http://foodwithpictures.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/

    • 02/05/2013 / 12:12 pm

      That's a great site you've got there! And I'm absolutely going to try that chicken recipe. Now, as for the tip about looking in the pantry, that's a good one for me, since I tend to have 14 cans of the same type of beans in there.

  3. 02/05/2013 / 9:21 am

    Looks awesome. I love Pinterest for ideas. We are doing soups and stews this winter so much so that my kids asked for "real food", the kind you chew.

    • 02/05/2013 / 12:07 pm

      That's hilarious. My kids haven't gotten there yet, but soon. They're just so quiiiiiick and easssssssy.

  4. 02/05/2013 / 4:31 pm

    Found you on Sverve. So glad I did…because it led me to stalking you on Twitter, which then led me right here…your little bloggy home.

    Don't be scurred. I don't bite. {much}

    Anyway – Kudos to you and your Pinterest-y meal planning, even if it's only in theory at this juncture. I love me some Pinterest. And I do have a tip: Make yourself a "Tried It" board where you post reviews of recipes you've actually tried. Helps me to recall if I only lusted after a certain recipe, or if I actually gave it a whirl…and if it turned out awesome or if it made my family vomit.

    Anyway, ANYWAY – Nice to meet you. I like it here. I shall return.

    • 02/05/2013 / 5:09 pm

      Well, damn. I am so glad you found your way here, through whatever weird means. That is such a great tip for Pinterest, because I have absolutely no memory and I would probably make the same disgusting recipe over and over.

  5. 02/07/2013 / 7:03 am

    my only comment is GO YOU. I have been thinking about this for ages as well, but just not on it yet – you did get me going on ziplist though, and i love that!

    • 02/08/2013 / 12:03 pm

      I love Ziplist so very, very much. It's splendid, isn't it? Oh well for the meal planning. It's fun to dream of being organized.

  6. 02/12/2013 / 1:35 am

    you're my freaking hero. I never plan meals for anything. we are really a Hunger Games type of household.

  7. 02/12/2013 / 6:35 am

    you’re my freaking hero. I never plan meals for anything. we are really a Hunger Games type of household.

  8. 02/12/2013 / 6:35 am

    you’re my freaking hero. I never plan meals for anything. we are really a Hunger Games type of household.

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