I was so inspired by Super Organiser Mum's beautiful menu planner printable found here, I decided it was time for a change.
Cooking dinner had become a right mess lately. By the time late afternoon came in my house I couldn't be bothered thinking about what to cook. My hands were full with a baby suffering reflux and my not quite two year going feral with temper tantrums. I was rocking a baby and the same time as implementing time-outs. I was exhausted and frustrated. I needed to get better organised.
The first week I did it on a piece of scrap paper just to see if it would help. It did. So one afternoon my husband came home and for once had no calls, quotes or invoices to write up or urgent jobs around the house. I left him with the kids and fled to Officeworks to buy some little clipboards. Of course I made the most of it and got photos printed for project life and window shopped around! I had to make the most of it!!
Menu planning for me needs to be simple, cheap and fast. I wrote down a list of all the meals that were easy for me to manage at the moment to use as a guide for choosing my meals. I recently made up a freezer inventory for my chest freezer so I know what meat I have too.
Now I didn't want to be too boring so I've decided to try one new recipe each week. This week I'm trying the Beef casserole with Parmesan dumpling the Jade from Super Organiser Mum recommended on her face book site. Here is the recipe for those interested.