Meal planning is essential around here. It helps me save money and sanity. I do my best not to wander the grocery story trying to think up what'll be for dinner the coming week... only to forget what I had dreamed up once I get home (not that that's ever happened to me.. nope. never.)
To top things off, I've had less of an appetite since I had a crown put on Nov. 12 and about 1/2 of my tongue is still numb. (Yes, that's more than two months for those of you wondering. My dentist insists it'll come back, but I'm not holding my breath.)
So, back to meal planning it is. I used to do this on Sundays, curled up on my couch, thumbing through my collection of cook books...
But now, I don't have quite so much time. So, I refer to my favorites here.
And found that I actually like this list from Real Simple Magazine. (LOVE that magazine.)
But, of course, I couldn't leave good enough alone... and I had to make some modifications. And ended up with this.
Makes shopping, prepping AND cooking easier. And, honestly, the process of filling out the list doesn't take long at all. I just do it right before I clip coupons and head to the store.
Now, if you're not a meal planner, but are still in search of a good list, you HAVE to check out this list from the website of one of the most interesting books ever, Milk, Eggs, Vodka. Check it!