Who says printable menu planners need to be boring? Not creative craft blogger FutureGirl!
Her wonderful printable menu planner is a whimsical solution to "What's for dinner?"--and better still, she share the wealth with free printable versions in color, black-and-white, and half-size. Read More >>
It'll help you wise up to the many ways the market is after your wallet.
There’s nothing haphazard about the layout of your grocery store. ... Walk in the front doors and chances are you’re faced immediately with hard-to-resist items (not on your list) like fresh-cut flowers or just-baked loaves of bread. Just try walking past them en route to a carton of milk without tossing something extra into your cart. In fact, research has shown that 60 percent to 70 percent of what ends up in our carts is unplanned.
How do working mothers manage menus and meal planning? Working mom Leslie Kaufman's story (published in no less than the venerable New York Times) shares valuable strategies for feeding the family fast--and well.
We liked the menu planning concept of having four core dishes to save time and please picky palates:
I have four core dishes: meatloaf, pot roast, roast chicken and meatballs. I prepare the most basic, pared-down version of each dish. By now it is reflexive. I could do it in my sleep. Perhaps I have. My basic roast chicken is covered in oil and sprinkled with kosher salt and paprika, and that’s that.
Every week I make at least one of those dishes and leave it in the back of the fridge to do emergency duty, as in: “I am not eating anything stuffed with spinach. That’s disgusting.” And like a great friend, it never fails me in a crisis. It can be reheated as a meal, sliced for sandwiches, diced for a pasta sauce and used with cheese to fill a tortilla or a twice-baked potato.
Over time, maintaining clean surfaces is easier than playing catch-up at long intervals. Summer school students know the truth of this: it's easier to learn material year-round, than spend your summer catching up on all the points you missed. Regular maintenance cleaning prevents grime from building up--and avoids sweaty remedial scrubbing sessions.