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Meals and meal planners

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Unity Submitted on the 2010/09/19 13:18:53
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Well I hunted for info about meals, on budget and shopping lists.
But alas nothing as yet so I thought I would start my very own thread about this.

Meal Planning.
I finally got a few tips in my mind and thought to share some. If like me and I am sure millions of people preparing dinner every night, one sometimes runs out of ideas. I honestly hope that some of these tips help you.
• Make a list of everything you like to cook or everything you have eaten in the last month. This will give you a start on your list of meals and you can add to it when you find new things. A planner gives you a starter list that you can add to or amend to fit your needs.
• Your meal planners can be reused from month to month or week to week. You can make three months worth of planners and then rotate them throughout the year. Or, at the end of the month or week, file the planner away until the next year. Then, you can bring it out a year later and have something to work from. I like this method, because then I can incorporate seasonal foods and my menus for July are distinctly different from the ones for December.
• Plan to use left-overs. You can vary the sides or the appearance, but left-overs save time and money. For example, BBQ chicken on Wednesday can become BBQ chicken pizza on Friday. Or Meatballs can be used for Sweet and Sour. You can serve Lemon Chicken twice, but the second time, serve it with potatoes instead of rice.
• Add recipes that you want to try to your planner. I am constantly printing or tearing out pages of new recipes, but if I don't put them on my meal planner, I never make them.
• Put your menu planner where you will see it. Save it on your desktop or print it out and put it on the fridge or the inside of a cupboard.
• Be flexible. If you order pizza, move the planned meal to the first week of the next month. If you don't feel like making Hamburgers, switch them with another night. The purpose of a meal planner is to make the dinner decision time less agonizing and to help you with your grocery shopping.
• Create a recipe file. When you create your planner, spend some time collecting the recipes or write down the page numbers. That way you don’t spend all of your prep time searching for that fabulous recipe.
• Involve you family. Ask for suggestions from your family for meals they want to eat for the month. There may be fewer complaints if they know they had a say in a few of the meals.

Next I want to post my own meals for 30 days, then to follow the shopping list required.


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Firechild Submitted on the 2010/09/19 19:46:12
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Great meal planners thanks Unity

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Unity Submitted on the 2010/09/20 09:00:47
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Thanks Firechild, I started with a menu last night, and then all the recipes. So look out for those, hope to have at least week one finished today.



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Firechild Submitted on the 2010/09/20 09:13:55
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I will be watching this space thanks. I think we are going to save alot.

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Firechild Submitted on the 2010/11/28 16:25:52
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Unity anymore tips?

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Unity Submitted on the 2010/11/28 16:38:32
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Would love to say yes right now, however nothing right now. Will have to look in my document's for something.




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Firechild Submitted on the 2010/11/29 10:24:26
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Thanks I can't wait.

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Unity Submitted on the 2012/08/29 16:06:14
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Haven't forgotten about this, however since my other laptop crashed it seems I lost most of these recipes. Lesson learned: BACKUP



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Unity Submitted on the 2019/02/25 19:47:05
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Oh dear how many more little projects have I let slip away...




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