How do you plan your meals?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-25-2007
How do you plan your meals?
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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:25am

I am the type that lieks to have a set meal plan.


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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2006
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:36am
I have been making weekly menus for 12 years and I'd be lost without them! I start with what I have on hand in the freezer, fridge, and pantry so I can use up what we already have purchased. Then I will go through recipes to see how creative I can get with my existing ingredients or try something new. Sometimes I just ask the kids and DH for some ideas. I shop once per week.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 12:41pm
I try to plan for the week based on what comes in our weekly produce box. We're down to eating meat once or maybe twice a week, so that makes planning easier (less trips to the store). I try to pair the produce with something we already have on hand. Last night I used the potatoes from our produce box, a leek from the box, and some frozen broccoli to make soup.

My menu often changes mid week if something doesn't sound good, or I run out of time, or find a new recipe that sounds good.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-25-2007
Fri, 04-13-2012 - 7:20am
That is what I was doing, and for some reason I stopped. My freezer is very packed again. So I will be making my menus from what I have on hand for now. I also shop once a week. I shop once a week also. I used to do once a month, but I was missing out on so many good sales.


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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-25-2007
Fri, 04-13-2012 - 7:21am
Sometimes whatever I planned for Wednesday doesn't sound good, and I will make Thursdays meal. Then maybe on Thursday the Wednesday will sound better, kwim?


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