One of the tools I use to make life easier is a meal planner. It helps me ensure a balanced meal, day, week. I have been menu planning for about a year on paper. I found a great template that you can download, print and fill out from The Project girl. This method was great before when space was unlimited, but now it's a totally different story. I don't really have room for any binders so electronic files that only take up virtual space are perfect. I can access it when I need it, and it disappears into internet world when I don't.
The format from The Project Girl required me to plan meals and make supermarket trips by the week, so for convenience and peace of mind I changed it to two weeks. My favorite thing about using a template like this is you can save your menu, copy and paste to another menu or reuse entirely. No more racking your brain for what to cook, after the initial process of course!
Another plus of my new template is that I can make notes about what days I need to pull double prep duty. I can put a little code on Monday to remind me to chop veggies for Monday and Wednesday's meal. This helps us eat healthy without keeping me chained to my kitchen. It also cuts down on waste or food spoiling because it ensures that half tomato or cucumber doesn't get sent to the crisper to die.
I wanted to expand my blog to encompass the whole picture of my family's transformation and journey. Cooking in a house is very different from cooking in a RV. Well, not all that different except the space. provide some kind of inspiration to others to get their meals, fridge, pantry and shopping trip in order so here are my meals for April 2012. Also, below is the blank template in case you would like to give this method a try. Feel free to tweak it to fit your life/style/personality.
For those of you who are my friends and/or part of the Fulttime Families Group on FB, thanks for your suggestions, I did use some and others I saved for later:)
Here is April 8-21 meals and shopping list: Spreadsheet
Here is the blank template: Spreadsheet
Happy planning, shopping, cooking and eating :)