Friday, 5 September 2014

How I Meal Plan

Yup, I'm one of those very sad people who plan their meals in advance, usually 2 or 3 weeks ahead.
 
It kind of works for us as we only have to do a big shop every few weeks and there's no hassle over what to cook each night as it's all written out (not neatly though) on a weekly wall planner.
 
The way I do our meal planning is probably a bit long-winded but it seems methodical to me and it's worked for the past 3 years so for the moment, my way is the way we're doing it in our household.
 

How I Meal Plan



 
1. First I get my notepad and write down all the dates for the next few weeks. Then I check our monthly calendar to see if there's any days where I know we'll be eating out or on holiday and I'll mark them in my notepad.

How I Meal Plan

 
 
2. Next I give our two freezers and cupboards a quick once over to see if there's anything that needs using up and also what we've actually got. When we pop into our local shop we often end up with a trolley-full of reduced priced goods so even though we might have used up all our 'planned' food, we'll probably have some random stuff in the back of the freezer!

How I Meal Plan

 
 
3. Then I get out my recipe file, a birdie-themed expanding box file from Wilkinsons with plastic wallets holding batches of similar recipes torn from magazines or printed from the internet.

How I Meal Plan

 
 
4. I'll root through my recipes finding things which match what we might have in the freezer or just things we haven't had for a while. I'll try and arrange it so we have easy to make things when I know we need something quickly or something a bit more fancy if we've got people coming round, things like that.

How I Meal Plan

 
 
5. After that, I basically put the pieces of paper in the order we'll be eating them, then write a shopping list from the ingredients on the recipes (obviously crossing off anything we've already got) and then I'll pop what we're eating each day on the weekly planner that lives on my kitchen noticeboard.

How I Meal Plan

 
 
6. The very last thing I do is take the shopping list and visit MySupermarket to put together our online shop (always making sure I'm getting the best value for money). Once that's done we send our shopping basket to Mr T's, choose the cheapest delivery slot (usually the £1 ones late at night) and wait for the Tesco delivery man to turn up!
 
 
 
How about you? Do you plan your meals in advance?
 

4 comments:

  1. Seems like a thorough system, but one that works well for you! Random question, but how do you find Tesco delivery to be? We do our shopping online with Asda and the service of late has been terrible - next day dates, multiple items forgot etc.
    :-)
    Bits & Bobs

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  2. How thorough are you!?! That's an impressive system :) We like to choose our dinner on a daily basis, based on anything we have hanging about in the fridge and whatever we fancy. I grab anything we need on my way home, as I walk past Waitrose, Aldi and Tesco. I always check the reduced sections to see if there's anything we can add to our dinner or the next day's dinner too xxx

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  3. I don't but think I probably should! I suspect it is far more economical. I also really need to organise my recipes in something like that! I've been meaning to do it for a while but still haven't gotten aound to it.

    Jen

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  4. How do you manage to keep your veg from going off if you only buy ti once every 2 -3 weeks?
    Do you attempt to buy stuff in season or just make whatever?
    Our meals are dictated by whatever the place we buy it from has got in. I tend to buy a decent selection and then work out what we're eating for the next 3 or 4 nights on Saturday. I can't plan much further ahead than that! There's always the standby of sausage, spuds and veg if inspiration fails to hit ;)

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