Menu Planning

Is it just me or do we have information overload so bad that we can’t remember anything anymore? Nowadays I feel like I have too much going on and I forget what I had planned for the week or when food expires. A menu board is precisely what I needed to stay sane.

When Roger gave me a whiteboard months ago, and I was like what am I going to do with this? I have my to-do list in Wunderlist, so I put it aside. One day when he asked for I swear the tenth time what we are having for dinner, which we had discussed in length the night before, I was frustrated; lately, I had been writing the expiration dates down on a notepad, so I decided to take it a step further. I was going to put the whiteboard to use. Now he knows better than to ask, he just goes to the board and looks.

The whiteboard has really helped with our shopping, and we throw less out now. It has also helped me to set up healthier goals for the week. The key for me is not to set up the whole week but leave 1 or 2 days free to do a ‘take out day’ if needed. I usually reevaluate during the week and redo the menu if needed. Another key is not to make too many complicated meals in a row so I can also enjoy my hobbies and not get frustrated that I am always cooking.

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