while ago – months probably, I stumbled across this blog post detailing how she’d put together a fab monthly menu planner. Not having the time/supplies at the time – or some other reason, who knows, I bookmarked the post with the intentions of coming back and replicating it myself.
I typed out Mon – Sunday cards using a large strong font, and then proceeded to go through my cook books and recipes to make the individual meal cards. I made only main courses, no sides, and also included other Misc. cards including – vacation, eating out, try a new recipe, holiday, freezer cooking and freezer meal. I only made cards for recipes we’ve made before and liked enough to make again more than once – and if they were really involved (like stuffed shells) I opted not to and we can save those for special occasions (like holidays). On freezer cooking days (at least this month, since that’s what I’ve got planned) I put in the freezer cooking card but then put a meal card behind it, plans being to make that meal, and double or triple it to put up the extra in the freezer. Freezer meals are just that, pull out one of those meals we’ve stashed in on cooking days and enjoy. 🙂
I also hung a small snack sized baggie next to the planner, this is where I put all my extra meal cards.