Monday, January 25, 2010
Posted by Christian Frugal Mama at 11:30 AM
Here's our last "Eat From the Pantry" menu for this month. I've learned quite a few things along the way this month.
First, I learned that it doesn't work for me to write out a list of a month's worth of meals. I tried it twice and failed to follow it evenly remotely close both times. I find that a week at a time works better for me and it's better if I don't assign certain foods for certain days. Some days I don't feel like chicken and if it's on the list, I just won't make it. :)
I also found that if I didn't like what I wrote down for the day, I was more like to crave something else and go to get it. Or there would be days we didn't know what to eat because we weren't following the list at all.
So, for this week, I wrote down some breakfasts, lunches and dinners I can make from stuff I have around. Works so much better for me to just glance at the list each day and decide what I feel like making. It also helps because if we're hungry at a weird time, I can just look at the list and pick something to make.
Hard Boiled Eggs and Toast (x2)
Waffles and Syrup (x2)
Cereal and milk
Turkey, cheese and crackers
Soup and sandwiches
Tuna Egg Salad
Hot Dogs and fruit
Snowflake Pancakes (for our theme this week)
Hamburgers and Salad
Rice and Beans and Snowflake Tortillas
Pork Stir Fry (just going to wing it, I'll post about it later)
The second thing I learned is that I have to allot much more time for us to use up leftovers and anything else we might have been given. I like to cook too much, so I often over plan the amount of food we need. I need to learn how not to cook for an army... or just learn to leave enough time for us to eat it all!
I will be attaching this list to my cork board and hopefully I'll have better luck with this system. I haven't had much menu planning success lately, so it's time to find a system that truly works! What works for your family?