This may initially look like a lot to plan, but if you look a little closer, you’ll see:
- a few repeating breakfasts
- a few repeating lunches
- certain days of the week where the meals don’t change (Monday & Tuesday lunches, Thursday & Friday dinners, and all meals on Sundays)
- 18 different dinner recipes
With all that in hand, I alternated the repeating breakfasts and lunches, balanced out the weeks with what meats to buy/cook, added in sides, and it was done. I went into a little more detail in my post about setting up my Fall/Winter Meal Rotation
*If you want to modify my spreadsheet to make your own plan, just click File, then Make a Copy. Then you can change it however you want and save it in your account. (If you don’t already have a Google account, now is a great time to get one!)
Another easy way to access these and other menus is to join Plan to Eat. I just realized another great feature of this super time-saving tool. When you become friends with someone on Plan to Eat (*hint, hint, send me your email or Plan to Eat username and I’ll send you a friend invite*), you, not only gain access to all their shared recipes, but also to all of their menus. You can just select someone’s menu and plug it in to your planner, then edit it as you like. I can now plan a week’s worth of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with a coordinating shopping list that reflects when I actually have on hand in about 15 minutes every week. Using Plan to Eat and saving my weekly menus saves me hours each week.
Ok, enough about that. Anybody else out there plan some kind of weekly meal rotation? Please share a link if you have it. We all need ideas to get out of our own cooking rut.