Other reasons for choosing to menu plan are:
1. It's cheaper for us to know in advance what we are eating (so I'm not tempted to get takeaway) and so I know what I need to buy at the supermarket
2. When the kids ask me what's for dinner I actually know
3. My days run smoother and are less hassle with a plan. I'm not running around looking for some recipe or ingredient at the end of the day
4. We eat lots more healthy and nutritious food with a plan
5. I had another point. Darn baby brain!
I have some constraints to work around:
All meals must be dairy and soy free!
I don't have a stove top at the moment and I only have a small benchtop electric oven. The joy of renovating. Even with those things taken into account I can usually make the weeks meals work and taste yummy!
This is what I've come up with for this week:
Schnitzel and roast veg
Wednesday: Yom Kippur
Roast turkey and veg, gravy, homemade dinner rolls and lemonade
Sweet potato lasagne
Creamy chicken & corn pasta
Chilli con carne on jacket potatoes
Lemon chicken and rice
Thousand island chicken and asparagus pie (homemade pastry) with steam veg
I usually just jot down the meals I want to make next to a day of the week. If it's school holidays (like now) then I don't have to worry about the time it takes to cook but in school terms I schedule really easy meals on days that we have extra activities. And I try to use my slow cooker!!
Have you got any other tips? Share with me please.