Save money, eat healthy, and organize your kitchen all at once!
Just add a little chalk paint. See how to do it here. That way no one will need to ask ‘What’s for dinner?”
See how to make this one here.
Then you can pull the cards right out and take them with you to the grocery store as a pre-made list.
Get this menu board here.
Taya K of Simply Frugal uses these theme nights when she’s stumped on new ideas.
Some easy theme ideas include:
-Stir Fry Night
-Breakfast for Dinner
-Scrounge Night (more tips on how to do a scrounge night below!)
That way you can mix and match weekly so everyone is happy.
That way you can make easier meals on busier nights of the week.
See how to make this Ultimate DIY Menu Board here.
This can come in many forms, including ‘leftover night,’ ‘feed yourself night,’ etc. It’s especially useful towards the end of the week right before you go grocery shopping.
Pro tip: Label all your leftovers so it’s easier for everyone to pick what they want. Get these printable labels here.
Just type in the ingredients you have on hand and it will come up with several recipes! Check it out here.
To avoid the ‘leftover night glumness,’ learn how to re-invent the meals instead of just reheating.
Planning meals in advance can start to feel tedious when you’re using the same meals every week. Take time to browse websites or cookbooks for new ideas that will bring excitement back into the planning.
Here are some of our favorite recipe sites:
– Food Gawker (for general food and recipe porn)
– Simple Bites (for kid-friendly recipes)
– Little Leopard Book (for creative takes on old recipes)
– Dinner: A Love Story (for frugal and family-friendly recipes)
– BuzzFeed Food, of course!
If chicken is $1 per pound one week, that’s a great reason to make your favorite chicken dishes! Check your local supermarket circulars for upcoming sales. There are also great apps that help you match your local sales with recipes, like this one on iTunes from Food.com.
Save time during the week by cooking anything that can be cooked early on one night. Roast chicken, brown ground beef, stew tomato sauce, blanche vegetables and then mix-and-match them in several meals throughout the week.
Learn how to master the art of vegetable blanching here.
Many things can be pre-prepped and frozen to use weeks later. Soups, herbs, breadcrumbs, beans, shredded cheese, sauces, and many other ingredients can be frozen to save time.
See a list of what you can freeze here.
These will thaw out throughout the day before lunch so kids won’t even need to use the microwave. Plus, the frozen sandwich can work as an ice pack for other lunch items.
Get the recipe for these here.
Nothing’s worse than having everything for your menu except that one crucial item. Having a stocked pantry means you’ll always have something to replace anything that you forgot at the store, and it will make weekly shopping trips that much easier. Check our this post from Life in Grace on what you need in the perfect pantry.
Having an organized fridge wil help you save time when you’re cooking, and save you money when things don’t get hidden in the back and go bad. Create food zones like the ‘sandwich zone’ and the ‘leftover zone’ to help keep things easy-to-find.
See how to get a deep clean over at TidyMom.