Meal planning doesn’t have to be a drag. Welcome to Easy Dinner Menu Ideas Week 1. This starts the first week of the series to help you make a dinner menu, easily, each week. The recipes will include a variety of cuisines, from main dishes to desserts with a couple of bonus recipes thrown in.
I’ve teamed up with my friends Christie, from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures, and Heather, from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, to bring you these weekly easy dinner menu ideas.
What are the bonus recipes, you ask? Anything that’s not dinner, a side dish, or dessert. Things like an appetizer, cocktail, mocktail, or just something special because there’s a holiday.
Bonus recipes could also include seasonal ideas. This week I’ve included a cute, and easy, cookie pop.
How to Menu Plan for the Week
If you can get into a routine where you menu plan one day a week, it will be easier to stick with it. Set time aside. Use the ideas in this and my future posts, along with your weekly grocery store ad and plan your dinners.
7 Steps to Meal Planning Success
Step 1: Take stock of your pantry and fridge for staples you have on hand. and like as well as items that need to be used.
Step 2: Plan your meals. Use your weekly grocery store ad to see what’s on sale. Organize groceries by meal and prep what you can in advance.
Step 3: Focus on fresh. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a healthy addition to every meal.
Step 4: Don’t forget protein. Meatless Monday is great but you still need protein.
Step 5: Love leftovers. Reheat them or look for ways to reinvent them.
Step 6: Use a weekly planner. What’s that? You don’t have a weekly planner. Well, lucky for you, there’s a printable below. Look for the Click Here to Print the Weekly Meal Planner Graphic.
Step 7: Stock up on storage containers. The will not only store leftovers but can help with storing what you prep for meals.
Just a little something extra. This week's bonus ideas are for Valentine's Day!