Menu Planning for the Busy Special-Needs Mom (self-care series day 24)

Menu planning makes my week run so much smoother! Here’s the method that works for me.
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We’ve had a busy week this week! David (our older son) is in a theatre performance this weekend and I’m helping as stage manager. We’ve had rehearsals every night this week. It’s weeks like this when it’s important for me to take 10-15 minutes to decide on the menu plan for the week. It eliminates decision fatigue from having to decide right before dinner time!

My method is pretty simple. I have a dry erase board up in my kitchen. On Sundays I fill in the activities for the week and the menu plan.

I keep our favorite recipes in a spiral-bound cookbook I actually created as a wedding gift for my sister. (They printed it backwards so I got a free copy!) I keep newer recipes on a Pinterest board (The Pioneer Woman and The Schell Cafe are my favorite recipe sites!).

Menu planning saves money because I know ahead of time what all I need to buy. One whole chicken can be cooked and picked for chicken pot pie for dinner one night and then added to stir-fry for lunch another day. We also don’t default to “What do you want for dinner?” at 4:45 and then decide it’s too late and just pick up fast food.

Since I menu plan right next to our schedule for the week, I know if Lee has an evening meeting or if he’ll be home for lunch and can plan accordingly.

Menu planning is a huge help to our family!

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