One of the hardest things for me is planning the food. I am a very organized/detailed person. I have to have everything written down or put into a table on the computer so I'll understand it. I got started with Food Storage Made Easy their button is also on my blog. Anyhow, they have great ideas and got me super excited to start, but I needed an even more basic start. So I made a table in word. I made the columns and rows so it resembled a calendar with 7 columns for days of the week and rows enough that I could made a 30 day plan. On Food Storage Made Easy they have an awesome Excel Spreadsheet that helps you calculate what you need. It's awesome. GO GET IT HERE. But even before doing that I needed to have 30 days worth of meals planned. So I followed their advice, create 30 meals and repeat them 3 times. Boom 90 day meal plan. I'm picky about my food. Mostly my dinners. I rarely repeat things in a month. I know, I'm a brat. But coming up with 30 dinners all willy nilly didn't work for my organizer brain. So this is what I did:
Here is Breakfast (they can be repeated--I'm not that creative)
Here is Lunch (I'm not picky about that either)
But then there is dinner, I needed an easier way to plan, so this is what I came up with:
I took each day of the week and replaced it with a food Genre, i.e. Chicken, Beans, Hamburger, Pasta, Beef/Fish, Mexican, Other. That made it easier, so then I only needed about 4 dinners per genre. Easy Peasy. So this is what I have so far. It's my first plan, I'm going to post recipes for all this stuff, and possibly replace some things. But this is what I have stored for now.