As weeks go by with our new 3-meal-a-day menu, I’ve learned some things.
- The menu is a strongly suggested guide for my sanity, not set in stone. Some nights I switch dinners from one night to the next because things come up and I might need an easier meal to prep. Or I need to use up other ingredients before they go bad. So I’m learning to be flexible or the menu could become stressful.
- Have a slot in the menu open for a “leftovers” night and busier family days, like Saturday lunch and dinner, open for change.
- Plan a few new recipes and keep some tried and true recipes on your menu. Then you know you can rely on happy kids for the ‘ol reliable recipes and you can hope for success on the new ones.
- Plan your menu alongside your calendar. I have to know what is going on most days to know when to plan new recipe dinners and quick meals based on our weekly activities.
- Familiarize your husband with the menu. Sometimes Bobby has meal requests, sometimes he buys a random cut of meat I didn’t know about and need to use up, and sometimes he makes the kids lunch (on Fridays when I’m at my gym class). I love that I can make it easy for him and he can refer to our menu for the kiddos.