Okay, I tend to go into too much detail. One of the ideas on that site, was to create a 90-day dinner meal plan that you can circulate through over and over. I thought that was genius and would really solve my weekly "what the heck am I going to make this week...." conundrum. And so I spent the next 2 days making one. And since lots of people on facebook and Instagram have asked me how I did it, here it is!
2. I went through my file folder of torn out recipes, recipes from friends, etc and eliminated all the ones I never got around to making or again-- thought I probably wouldn't make.
3. I went onto my pinterest and printed out all the recipes I'd tried (and liked) or REALLY wanted to try for dinner.
4. I made copies of all the recipes in my cookbooks that I liked and then put them (the books) in a pile to be donated!!!! (except for the few that had so many recipes I liked that I am actually keeping them.)
4. I compiled them into sheet protectors and put them in a notebook. All in one place.
Above: the four cookbooks I saved (besides my notebook)
HOW I ORGANIZED MY CALENDAR OF MEALS:
1. I tried to make mondays really quick-prep or crockpot meals because that is the day I grocery shop and that is exhausting enough.
2. I wrote the ingredients that I might need to get at the grocery store that week (there are more ingredients than what I listed, but the rest were all staples I usually have on hand) at the bottom of each day. This will make my grocery-list making SO MUCH EASIER!!!
3.I haven't done this to the whole calendar yet, but if there are repeating ingredients that are pricey (such as fresh herbs or specialty meats) I make a note to freeze the rest for a future meal. Even better would be to have similar -ingredient recipes close enough together that you don't have to freeze the ingredients. I am learning. (Also, I don't love eating the same foods or flavors day after day so we'll see about that.)
4. I am pregnant so I only listed meals that sounded good to me right now.... previously we had been eating mostly meatless and SUPER DUPER healthy (sprouts, low grain, dairy-free, etc) but seriously, when I think about that food I feel like hurling now. Hence the meals I have chosen are not un-healthy, just not AS healthy as I know I could be/possibly should be eating. But dang they are yummy (and contain only whole foods--except for one)!
Here is the calendar I used (I just printed it in B&W) and I didn't fill in any dates, because I plan on repeating the 3 month rotation multiple times!
And though these calendars won't work for you since you don't have my recipe books, people have asked to see them, so you can take a look and maybe get some ideas! Some of the recipes are right here on my site (see the right side of my blog).
(this one has lots of blanks because it is for the "fall/winter (which we don't have in Florida)" and I want to fill it in with pinterest recipes I come across in the meantime)
Phew! I hope this inspires you and is helpful because I can already see it working in my life! (For instance, today they had beef and chicken broth on sale as well as angel hair pasta, 2 things I noticed repeating a lot on my calendars. So I stocked up!)