“ So, what’s for Dinner? ” is a common cry in most households …
Here are a few ways you can automate this answer without having to eat the same thing each week – unless you want to [ but more on that later ] plus I have also included some time saving ideas when it comes to prep time.
If you are not a regular reader of my blog, you may want to familiarise yourself with the concept of Automated Decision Making in my post Part One to How to Automate your Life to Save Time & Money
If you are not a meat eater, skip Plan A and scroll down to Plan B
Plan A: For Meat Eaters
*Soup: Check out this hearty soup if you decide to adopt a Meatless Monday: http://lizard100blog.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/winter-warming-vegetarian-chickpea-minestrone/
If you see a bulk purchase of meat on Special or Mark Down, when you get home package it up into meal-sized portions. Ensure that you label it either as the type of meat it is or what day of the week it is intended to be eaten. Freeze everything you don’t intend using within 24 hours.
If you are familiar with Goal Setting, you would be aware that larger goals are more easily achieved by breaking them down into smaller, achievable, bite-sized pieces. So, why not use this method with meal planning?
Once you have decided on what type of meat you will eat for each day of the week, create a list of meat cuts you prefer to eat, & take it shopping with you.
Here are a few examples for inspiration:
If you get stuck for ideas, there are plenty of Recipe sites whereby you can type in your ingredient/s, press enter and up will come a variety of recipes to choose from which can then be sorted by type of Cuisine. I like to use: www.taste.com.au
Plan B: For most Lifestyles
*Check out a fellow WordPress blogger’s post & photos about making Pizza Crust from Cauliflower – it looks awesome! http://thegoldenlimoncello.com/2014/07/02/we-love-it-cauliflower-pizza-crust/
To save time preparing your meals, store your ingredients by cuisine in a storage box in your pantry.
Here are a few ideas to get you inspired:
If you have a balcony or kitchen window, consider growing your own herbs. This will save you a small fortune and your herbs will always be fresh with a fuller flavour.
Consider potting your herbs by cuisine as you will find that regional herbs require similar watering conditions:
I used to work with a single mother who had two children. She had her weekly menu and food shopping routines down pat; she and her children knew exactly what each night’s dinner would be. She also knew approximately how much it would cost her each week as the menu repeated on a weekly basis all year.
While this method might not appeal to everybody, the beauty of this lady’s method is that because young children love routine, they knew what to expect and as they grew they would help with the shopping and they knew where everything needed to be packed away in the kitchen. Over the years, she saved a lot of time, not to mention money.
Now start your menu planning lists ready to take shopping with you and see how much easier life will be – and you will save some money, too!
Until next week, happy shopping! Please Share this post with your friends and family.
My next post we will be Automating Your Laundry