I have been planning menus off and on for about 10 years. I've used a variety of methods, planning guides, and worksheets. I've planned by the week, 2 weeks and month. I've included every meal and snack in my plan and I've planned just our supper meals.
After all my different systems I've learned that the best menu plan method is the one that works NOW. If your current system isn't working or you are bored with it, change it up and try something new.
My current system is to plan for the entire month. I downloaded a free customizable 2012 calendar and fill in each day's supper meal. I also make a note of any special plans next to the date. This helps remind me if I need to start supper earlier than usual.
All that to say: if you are new to meal planning, don't give up! Keep trying until you find the system that works for you.
So what are we eating at the SMB house January 9-15?
Chili, Cheddar Cheese, Salad and Crackers
Roasted Chicken, Potatoes, Carrots and Homemade Biscuits
Lemon Pepper Salmon, Steamed Carrots and Broccoli, and Rice
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (with leftover roasted chicken)
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, Salad and Pineapples
Turkey Spaghetti and Salad
Chocolate Chip Pancakes and Scrambled Eggs
What's on your meal plan this week?
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