- We look around our house and try and think of meals that we can cook that use more of the foods we buy cheaply in bulk or the foods we grew and canned ourselves. This helps us use those foods and saves money.
- We don't just buy everything that looks good at the store.
- We don't buy more than we need and have produce go bad before we can eat it.
- We don't (as often) stare at each other in the kitchen, not feeling inspired to cook, and then decide to go eat out.
Everyone has a different way they make a menu, you have to find what works for you. We try and schedule meals for a certain day of the week...but we usually end up switching once or twice during the week. I think we do well with about 5 cooked meals, and 2 nights of leftovers. I also usually eat leftovers for lunch, which helps.
The meals for this week:
Sweet potato & curried lentil stew
Salmon & Roasted Veggies
We also usually try and come up with a few things we make that we can eat as breakfast, lunches, or just snack on between meals.
This week we are also planning on making:
A big batch of Oatmeal
The things we always keep on hand. Most of these don't go bad, so we buy them in bulk and them just always have them around:
Homemade trail mix
Apples and some other fruit, right now its pears
Protein bars (this is a new one to help my current state, I eat one a day)
Whole Wheat crackers
Chips & Salsa
Dried apple slices
Veggies & Hummus
I would love to hear how you plan your menu and what favorite meals you rotate in, we always need new ideas!