Do This One Thing & Cut Your Cooking Time In Half

I get excited when I think about making my weekly dining menu.

The reason behind my excitement is the peace that comes with knowing that because I invested a few minutes each week to plan my menu I’ll be better prepared to feed my family.

In addition to planning my menu I also take time to include preparation notes on my menu.

What are Preparation Notes?

After making my menu I look over it and jot down things that can be done in advance to shorten my time in the kitchen each night. For example take a look at my breakfast meal plan and prep notes from last week.

Breakfast:

Monday – Cereal w/ O.J.

  • Set table with cereal box, bowls, cups and spoons (Sunday)

Tuesday – Scrambled Eggs w/bacon and toast

  • Scramble eggs the night before. Bake bacon during lunch (Monday)

Wednesday – Cheerios w/toast and O.J.

  • Put toast in oven in baking sheet. Set oven toe self start. (Tuesday)

Thursday – Crockpot Grits w/tangerine

  • Start grits, place tangerine, bowls, cups and spoons on table (Wednesday)

Friday – Smoothie w/toast & sausages

  • Put frozen fruit in blender. Refrigerate. Bake sausage. (Thursday)

 

Having the notes allows me to break down my meal preparations into smaller tasks. It also helps me stay on track and feel less overwhelmed.

Okay APW community…How do you plan your weekly menu?

Comments

  1. Kina says

    Wow. I so need to include prep notes on my recipes!!! I have a monthly dinner menu that I rotate. I always plan to eat the same thing for two days so that I’m not cooking every day. I really need to make my routine work better for me because with a 2 and a 3 year old I get wiped out by the time I’m supposed to start dinner. That means I get started late, we eat late, and the kids go to bed late. I’d love to have dinner at 6pm so I can get the kids in bed by 7:30. When I’m running behind we eat around 7-7:30 and I end up putting the kids down at 8:30

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  2. says

    The preparation notes from the Hillbilly Housewife menus is my favorite thing. I never think to do it with my own menu plans. Then again, I haven’t been planning my menus lately, so…. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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