As you may have noticed in my previous posts, I’ve been doing a lot of running around lately, which, while fun, has had devastating consequences on our ability to keep to a schedule. We’ve been eating out a lot more, which hasn’t been good for our pocket books, and it’s also been a lot harder for me to avoid eating things on my laundry list of food allergens. So on top of not having clean laundry and no money, I’ve also been battling one of my worst eczema outbreaks in recent memory.
Which isn’t exactly where I saw myself two weeks before we leave on the trip of a lifetime, a.k.a. my honeymoon. So, what’s a sensible Gamerwife to do?
As you’ve likely deduced from the title of this post, I’m talking specifically about the Menu Planning aspect of getting into a routine. Well, Pinterest is actually an integral part of how this gets done in the Gamerwife house.
I have two Pinboards I use for menu planning. One called “Yummy Food” where I stash any and all recipes that appeal to me, whether they’re for entertaining, are for jam, or would actually be weeknight appropriate. Then, once a week I cull my “Yummy Food” board and put 4 recipes I’d like to make that week into my “This Week” board. Sometimes it’ll be more about a theme than a specific recipe, so I’ll put extra recipe that work on that theme for inspiration.
Then, once a week over coffee, usually Sunday, Rick and I will go over the recipes I’ve picked out. If Rick’s had time to find any recipes himself or has any suggestions we’ll add those to the pinboard as well. Then, once we’ve settled what’s on the menu, we decide who wants to cook what and who is cooking on what day. At that point I can start writing stuff down on our awesome custom menu planning sheets, which I’ve helpfully included as a printable Menu Plan for all of you!
Then, I print off all the recipes and use that to make our shopping list (using the space I included in the menu planning sheet). I keep the menu plan and the stack of recipes (in order, natch) side by side on the fridge with magnet clips for easy reference. I use my iPad or Rick’s phone to take a photo of the shopping list and away we go to the farmer’s market to get our food for the week.
Since we don’t have a car, shopping once a week works best for us, and we’re lucky enough to live within walking distance of an absolutely amazing farmer’s market. After falling off the wagon for awhile, we’re both trying hard to eat more vegetables and feel better in general. And the best way to do that is together.