Monday, September 08, 2008

Back to basics with menu planning

When things start going a little bit crazy, the first thing I do is go back to basics. Like when I feel overwhelmed with the business, I drag out one of my master to-do lists and start writing down everything.

In the same way, when if feels like things are too busy in my life at home, I get back to basics with a few things. I:

  1. write EVERYTHING down on our kitchen calendar
  2. clean my kitchen (I like an uncluttered working space so this helps me feel centred; a friend likes doing laundry - ugh!!!)
  3. menu plan
Last week, I was on a course for 4 of the 5 days so things were wild at home. One of the first things I did when I got home on Friday evening is I did the shopping list and I wrote out my menu plan.

This week, things should be back to normal again. But if you're having a crazy busy time, grab a menu planning form and write down a few meals. It doesn't have to stifle your spontaneity or creativity - you can mix it up and have Thursday's meal on Monday if that's what you feel like, etc.

Make the plan work for you.

So, this week's menu is as follows:

Out with a friend ;)

Baked potatoes and apricot chicken

Pasta with kidney bean sauce

Chicken curry, pumpkin and rice

Chicken burgers and weigh-less chips

Visit Laura for a gazillion more menus. The last time I checked there were over 300!

And don't forget to visit on Friday to show off what you declutter this week.


Marcia said...

It truly is amazing how getting your menu planned, the groceries purchased does bring life back to the basics. It has helped me so much inwardly to have my kitchen decluttered, my menus planned and when I bring home the groceries, there is room on the counter and space to put things away immediately.... Ah, the serenity of it all! :)

Nicol said...

Sometimes the basic things are the best. Right now we are right in the middle of selling our house and with the potential for last minute showings (nearly every showing we have been given 5 to 15 min notice) I'm afraid to cook a meal. It has really effected my kitchen.