Do you find yourself at the grocery store almost every day? Avoiding that scenario takes some planning. And with kiddos in tow at the end of a long day it can be virtually impossible to think out a few days worth of meals on the spot as you browse the aisles and sales.
For us, a solution that really works is visually planning dinners for the week ahead of time. It not only ensures that we’ll have the ingredients needed for each meal—avoiding last-minute trips to the store—but planning as a family gives us a chance to select options that are healthy, well-balanced and loved by everyone.
I designed a simple refrigerator/wall chart with squares for each day of the week sized to fit sticky notes for recording ingredients needed for that day’s meal. That way if one of us is going to the store we just grab the ready-made lists and can pick up the items for the next couple meals. Want to try it out? Just download here and visit www.excited2learn.com to browse our other family- and kid-friendly charts.
In addition to the over-abundance of time spent at the grocery store every week, a lot of time in most families is also spent pondering and discussing the age-old question: what should we have for dinner? You may go in phases like us, having the same seven or so meals in rotation for weeks at a time, often overlooking those recipes that were once often prepared but haven’t been for a while.
So to make sure we always have an answer to that question I decided to create 50 Family Dinner Recipe cards. Yes, this takes some time to create but it’s well worth it when all we have to do is flip through our cards and have a relatively “new” meal decided in a flash. I plan on typing the recipes onto small index cards, laminating and binding them with a large ring, and keeping it on a hook next to the chart.
I would love your help generating 50 family dinner recipes. I promise to try every recipe that is shared! I am very eager to get some new recipes to put into our family meal rotation, and who knows, your recipe may end up being one of the 50 :)
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