Is your life so busy that you feel you don’t even have time for menu planning? I hear you! The answer though is definitely not to throw caution to the wind and give up menu planning, because menu planning and grocery shopping for the week or month actually end up saving a lot of time and frustration in the long run.
To simplify my meal planning, I sat down this week, and made a quick list of meals that I knew everyone in my family would eat without complaining, and I decided I’m going to rotate them for a while, until I have the urge to do something more creative. How’s that for easy menu planning!
I even made up a free printable to help us both! Favorites Menu Plan Printable. I also added a space to write down your family’s favorite fruits, veggies and side dishes to go with your meals.
Of course there have been times when I loved looking through tons of recipes to come up with a new menu plan each week, but now isn’t one of those times. I simply want to have food on hand to make relatively healthy dinners that my picky eaters will eat, so weren’t not tempted to blow a lot of money on eating out, and I don’t have to spend lots of time planning meals.
I have struggled with a couple of picky eaters in my family, and there was a time when I couldn’t come up with a whole list of meals that everyone liked. Things have gotten better over the years, and if you need some encouragement too, I’ve written a post on what helped our family.
brainstorm a list of meals that everyone in your family likes, or at least will eat. If you want ideas, ask your family members what their favorite dinners are. Of course, if they ask for ice-cream and doughnuts for dinner, you’ll have to use your mom sense as to what’s healthy for your family. 🙂
Depending on how easy your family is to please, you may come up with a whole months worth of dinner ideas to rotate!
If you need additional inspiration, I have tons of menu plans here: MENU PLANS
Also, here are some family friendly options too!
- Taco Dip
- Taco Casserole
- Beef and Spinach Pasta
- Hamburgers in the Oven
- Pasta or Spaghetti Squash with Hamburger and Pasta Sauce
- Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Toast and Fruit
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Rolls Ups
- Pizza and Veggies (in a hurry use English Muffins for Crust)
- Oven Baked Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Super Easy Adobe Chicken Casserole
- Homemade Pizza
- Chicken Noodle Casserole
- Easy Chicken Pot Pie
- Easy Turkey Meatloaf
The advantages of having a list of doable meals is that you can easily glance at it while making your grocery list to see what you need to purchase for the week (or month), and at the same time easily have meals covered with foods your family will eat.
Plan some fast easy meals for busy times. I also like making many of the meals on my list crockpot meals, because I can start dinner during the day when I have a lot more energy, and plus the crockpot is so forgiving with cooking time.