This works for me, except that 9 times out of 10 we end up with enchiladas, chili, or what I like to call "frozen veggie tators" which is basically a baked potato filled with steamed frozen veggies all covered in cheese. It's really starting to get old.
|An old-fashioned cookbook! Remember them? They were our Grandmothers' Pintrest!|
Of course, like all other internet addicts, I am no where near short on recipe ideas. I've have binders, books, and websites full of great ideas! For a while I made a habit of printing all the recipes I liked and putting them in notebooks. Over time, I ended up with 10 bread recipes (no joke!) and 5 enchilada recipes (which I actually don't need anymore since I can whip up a pan of enchiladas from just about anything). I decided that maybe printing every recipe I wanted to try wasn't a good use of trees.
You see I have plenty of recipes, I just don't have any organization. I've seen all kinds of super cute recipe organization and menu planning ideas on Pintrest, but lets' get real, who has the time to make cute little recipe cards and attach clothes pins to picture frames? Okay, I do. But I just can't bring myself to do it!
I want to be organized. I want to be one of those cute, efficient moms who sits down on Monday and miraculously knows what she's going to make Thursday night for dinner, but I am not (I'm not really sure why since I am obviously cute and efficient...). For one thing, I change my mind way too much. For another thing, I hate schedules. For a third thing, I frequently have bouts of laziness coupled with forgetfulness that usually don't wear off until 6:00 pm when I'm starving!
All of this to say I need a new plan. I want to find a way to organize my recipes, put together a decent menu for the week, and then stick to it!
Of course, I also want a million dollars and a pet panda bear, and we all know that ain't gonna happen!
Chime in! Do have any menu planning tips? How often do you try new recipes and how do you keep them organized?