Do you ever feel like this? I have so many times. I have so many times stood at the refrigerator at 4:30 p.m. hoping a dinner idea or ingredients would magically appear so I could make dinner. Lots of times we have resorted to having cereal, quesadillas or nachos when I didn't have anything planned. It really stresses me out and $$ for going out to eat regularly isn't plentiful (taking 7 people out to eat is PRICEY, no matter where you go).
So here is what I have done to help with my sanity. I have made a list on my computer of dinner ideas that my family likes, along with new recipes and ideas I have found on Pinterest those have a (p) after them. From this I create a menu for the month and create my shopping list from that. I do a BIG shopping trip for the month and then try to only go to the store for fresh produce. It saves me so much time, quite a bit of money and simplifies my life so much to do it this way.
In February I didn't star until mid month and I am so glad I am back doing this, it works for me. It takes quite a bit of time to make the plans, create the shopping list etc, but once it is done I dont' have to think about it again for several weeks! How I write the menu on the calendar isn't set in stone. Sometimes we have a crazy night and so I switch it up and fix a more simple dinner that night. None of my dinners are gourmet by any means, but some take more time than others.
What do you to plan your meals? Any great recipes you would like to share?