Decisions, decisions, decisions. I have often asked my family what they’d like to have for dinner in the next week. Their response is usually not that helpful as in, “Whatever, Mom.” or “I don’t care!”
I have read advice to have theme nights, i.e. Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday and the like. I want to experiment with new recipes as I see fit. That being said, I don’t want to eat the same protein every night because I have four great-looking chicken recipes.
I choose protein categories, or select by amount of time available. If your family has commitments on Monday until 6, don’t plan an elaborate main dish that night. Planning ahead will save you time and stress.
I suggest starting with one week to get a sense of the system.
Begin your meal planning with categories that fit your available time and dietary goals. The following brainstormed lists are by no means exhaustive. Hopefully they’ll get your brain thinking of even more possibilities that are unique to your family.
General Category Examples
- Freezer Meal
- Game Birds (quail/dove)
- Game (elk/venison/goat)
- Low Carb/Keto
International Category Examples
- Native American
You will need a blank calendar to record your plan. It need not be elaborate, a blank printed off the internet, or a clearance calendar will work fine! Take seven categories, either from the list above, or your own devising. Write the categories at the top of the calendar columns.
Once you’ve selected a category for each night of the week, go back to your source book and choose recipes in that category. If you don’t have a recipe to fit, search on the internet. Write the name of each dish on a blank calendar page as shown above.
See the following post for more details of how to proceed.