It’s almost here! Monday begins my contribution to The Nester’s 31 Days round-up with 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning. I’ll be going over the process I went through while creating Simplified Dinners, though it took me much longer than 31 days! I’ve distilled and condensed that process and will write about it in manageable, bite-sized chunks that will help your kitchen process – everything from planning, to storing, to shopping, to cooking – flow smoothly.
Not only will I have 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning here, over at my homemaking blog, Simply Convivial, I will also have 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers. That series will walk through the principles and practices outlined in David Allen’s Getting Things Done, but applying it directly to moms at home.
- Take Stock: What’s in Your Pantry?
- Purging & Paring Down Your Pantry
- Organize Your Kitchen Stations
- Go Through Your Fridge
- What’s in Your Freezer?
- The Best Way to Store Potatoes, Garlic, & Onions
- The Short List for Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks
- List Dinner Ideas with the Master Pantry List
- Choosing Homemade and Store-Bought Ingredients
- Choose 1-3 Quick & Easy “Plan B” Meals
- Finalize Your Master Grocery List
- Purge Your Recipes
- Plan Potential Hospitality Dinners & Desserts
- Organize Your Remaining Recipes
- Identify Your Food Sources
- 5 Ways to Stock Meat
- 5 Ways to Stock Fresh Produce
- Organize Your Grocery Lists
- Compare Prices & Create a Price Book
- Decide on Your Shopping Strategy
- Create and Maintain Inventories
- Never Run Out of Your Staples
- Set Up Your Menu Plan Calendar System
- Pick a Kitchen Day & Kitchen Tasks
- Add Menu Planning to Your Task List
- Make Checking Your Menu Plan a Habit
- Keep up Your Inventories Daily
All the thinking tasks on this list can be short-cut simply by purchasing my eBook, Simplified Dinners, which helps anyone simplify menu planning and get dinner on the table with ease while allowing creativity and flexibility. It contains 16 basic meal types with the process lined out in a quick-reference style, then 3-9 variations for each. I kept the master pantry list as short as possible while still being versatile. Simplified Dinners allows you to grab the list and go to the store without having thought through all the week’s meals beforehand and also to plan dinners without keeping track of ingredients to buy. It also frees you to buy whatever meat or produce are on sale, and know that you have the ingredients and the instructions to make it into dinner, whatever it is.