Are you the type of person who plans your meals a month in advance? Or do you find yourself at five o’clock standing in the kitchen wondering what on earth you can put together for dinner? I tend to have phases of extreme organisation, which are then followed by weeks of unplanned mayhem. I think my problem so far has been the lack of an easy, simple meal-planning system. WELL…..until now, that is!
This menu board has been an absolute sanity-saver for me. It took me about an hour to put together, and has saved me many hours since then. I used a cork board which I happened to have already mounted behind the kitchen door, and covered it with four sheets of pretty scrapbooking paper.
The laminated menu cards sit in their little box (a recycled couscous carton) until it is their turn to be displayed on the board.
Wooden pegs hot-glued onto the side of the corkboard hold the cards perfectly.
On the back of each card, I have listed the ingredients needed for each meal, which makes writing my shopping list a breeze.
As I shop weekly, this layout suits me perfectly. However, you could vary the number of pegs according to how far ahead you wish to plan.
The cards are an easy way of keeping all my regular meal ideas in the one place. As I remember past favourites, or discover new ones, I just make up a new card. They are also a good way of getting the family involved in planning the dinners for the week.
Do you use a meal planner? Or do you decide on the run? What is your family’s favourite dinner? My kids always request burritos!!