Just added!!! Kendra at My First Kitchen has something up her sleeve. She's taking a quick survey on shopping/eating habits that she's going to use to help us all with this meal planning/cooking dilemma we're dealing with. She's making it worth your while by giving away a set of her fabulous spices to one lucky winner.
Many thanks to Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam for sharing part of her meal planning process with us yesterday. Feeding a family of 7 really does make you an expert in efficient cooking.
When I started the Building a Soft Place to Land series, I was surprised by the number of you who said that meal planning was one of your biggest struggles. I know that it is for me, but I kind of figured that everyone else had it figured out.
I want to make some improvements in this area for my family. The Hubster is a total peach, but I know it makes him nuts when he walks in the door and I'm standing there saying, "What do you mean we need to eat dinner? We just ate dinner yesterday?" Nuts, I tell ya!
I'm going to take some advice from Jen and get my freezer stocked up with the basics for a quick meal with some additions from my pantry. I like the flexibility of Jen's more casual approach of having the pieces ready to throw something together quickly rather than being tied to a specific menu for each day.
There are obviously lots of benefits, though, to using a traditional meal-planning approach with a scheduled menu. Here are some resources if you want to use that approach:
A great post from Simple Mom where she explains her 2-week menu planning process in detail.
Another one from Simple Mom (because she's just that awesome) where she shows her actual 2-week rotation. This one was REALLY helpful for me.
A post at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam about organizing her stockpile in the kitchen pantry. Do you think I can convince her to come do mine?
Now, fess up! I know some of you have tips, tricks and ideas about keeping your family fed. Give 'em up! I want to hear what you do that works (and even what doesn't work).