Menu planning is something that I started doing a couple of months ago in order to help me to stay focused when I shopped at Whole Foods each week. I realized this summer that I got a little overexcited about what I saw at the farmer’s market and Whole Foods and ended up throwing fresh foods out when they spoiled at the end of the week. I also have been working to revamp our pantry by using the Food Expiration Date App that I mentioned a few months ago.
Between the planning and the app, we have started to curb how much food waste we have, but I would like to take it a little further. I would love to use the menu planning to help me set some budget goals and continue to shop for in season, local and organic foods.
Kelly over at The Centsible Life has some great inspiration and resources for 365 Day Meal Planning. Planning for a year is not quite where I am yet, but it is a goal for which I would love to shoot. I’ll be taking a look at her templates and seeing how I can best use them.
I’m an Organizing Junkie is the Menu Plan Monday mecca and starting in February, it will be where I link up my Menu Plans. I look forward to checking out other folks’ plans and see what recipes are worth giving a go.
Finally, there was this Pinterest inspiration about a Freezer Crock Pot Cooking Day from Loving My Nest. Can you imagine getting all of your slow cooker prep for 34 meals done in one day and she does it for under $150? I’m curious to read more and attempt even a fraction of it at some point.
So, what are your cooking goals or resolutions for the New Year? Are you a menu planner? What tips do you have to share?