Hey all! Welcome back. I’ve got some great menu planning/kitchen resources for you this week to keep life interesting.
How to Use Google Calendars for Menu Planning ~ @ Maniak Madness
Download three different fun printables for your kitchen ~ @ Over the Big Moon
Free printable menu planner ~ @ Creative Thoughts of an Ordinary Mom
Great DIY menu planning board ~ @ Once Upon a Chocolate Chip Pancake
Menu Planning when you’re in a recipe rut:
I hear this one over and over again. We find ourselves cooking the same things over and over again. This use to me until I started menu planning. Menu planning allows me to take some time each Sunday to go through my recipes to find one or two new ones to try each week. Some might find that crazy but I get bored easily and trying new recipes keeps cooking fresh for me. Now I know searching for recipes can often be a time-consuming task that many don’t have the time for. So one of the ways around that is to keep a running list of “recipes to try”. I do this by keeping a recipes folder in my browser bookmarks with sub-folders for beef, pork, chicken, desserts, etc. However there are many other ways online to easily keep track of recipes including Pinterest, Evernote, Delicious. Blogs are a great resource for finding “tried and true” recipes. I have a Recipe Index Round-Up which makes it easy for you to go straight to a blog’s recipe index (feel free to add yours!). For recipes you find from magazines and cookbooks, keep yourself a journal with the recipe title, source name and page number or create yourself a recipe binder.
Don’t forget to sit down and write yourself up a recipe criteria so that when you are looking for recipes you can quickly determine whether or not it will work for you and your family. Here is mine.
Don’t be afraid to try something new!
Monday: Black Bean Quesadillas
Tuesday: Spaghetti Ham Bake ~ this recipe makes two casseroles – one for us and one for friends that just had a new baby. I’ll also be making these favorite and easy treats for desserts – No Bake Cookie Bars
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Friday: Sweet & Spicy Bacon Chicken served with perogies and broccoli
Saturday: Fuss-Free Ravioli Bake (I’ll also throw in any leftover chicken) – family favorite!
Sunday: Church Potluck ~ Cinnamon Roll Cake
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?
Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.
More family favorite recipes here.
Have a great week everyone!