Years ago, when I first had a blog, I found I'm an Organized Junkie and Menu Plan Monday. I was hooked. I had never planned meals before and found myself with 2 kids and a stressed military life. I got right to work with this and had some success with it. Now I have 3 kids and a military life and planned meals is my lifeline.
I recently found a menu planning template at The Nourishing Home that I love. My favorite part is the "Do Ahead" section. This allows me to jot down things like boil eggs a day or two ahead of when I need them or cook extra chicken to make chicken salad sandwiches. I print this out each week and store in my home binder. I check it each morning to see what my day looks like.
Monday: Fried Potatoes & Eggs
Tuesday: Baked Chicken, Green Beans, Potatoes
Wednesday: Meatballs, corn on the cob
Thursday: Ham, Macaroni & Cheese
Friday: Dinner Out
I also plan out breakfast and lunch. We are all about making meal time easy during this deployment. I buy more easy to make meals and cook much less from scratch. It was so hard for me to break myself from the way I was cooking, but I was so stressed. Right now, in this moment of our lives, you will find more frozen pizzas and chicken pot pies that I have ever bought before.