So you think you might want to try using a 30 day menu plan but aren’t sure how to get started. Once you have decided, the next step is choosing the recipes or meals you will serve all month. This sounds more complicated than it is. You already have a pretty good idea of what your family eats. All you have to do is put it on paper and quantify the items. Let’s get started!
Look at a Typical Month
Think about the dishes you make regularly. For breakfast your list might include cereal and juice, bacon and eggs or pancakes, maybe all three. Lunches might be determined by whether everyone is away for lunch each day or not. Dinners are usually where the variety gets larger. Meatloaf, spaghetti, pork chops and chicken tacos may be staples. How often each week do you eat these items. Consider what you like to eat, how often you want to eat it and whether or not you should be eating more or less of it.
Do you or someone in your family need to make a dietary change? As you plan your 30 days worth of menus, now is the time to put those changes in place. Maybe you want to switch to a low-carb or low-fat diet. Maybe you need to trim portion sizes, reduce salt intake or any of a number of other possibilities. Any of these possibilities should be worked into your menu choices.
Don’t forget to include snacks and beverages. If your kids eat snacks between meals, include them. If you like to eat a bowl of ice cream late at night, put it on the list. Maybe you like to try new recipes every so often. Work some new meals into your plan each month. If your family likes to eat out now and then, set aside days in your 30 day menu plan to allow for this.
The idea here is account for all the times your family eats at home or needs to carry food from home with them such as for lunch. Once you have identified those times and made the menu selections, you can begin the process of putting the plan in place.
For information on the benefits of a 30 day menu plan, how to put it into use and tips for making it successful, check out my other articles.
Sources: Strictly Personal Experience