I have mentioned this program in the past but I wanted to show you how we use this in our house.
Just a note this is not a sponsor I just love this program SO MUCH that I feel I have to share it and I seem to talk about it all the time to my friends.
If for some reason you have been stuck underneath a rock and have not heard of this let me explain what it is. Upon subscribing, which you can do HERE, you are emailed a month worth of recipes, Each week is on one page and a shopping list is on another page, for only $15 you get 3 months of recipes. Now I’m not going to lie I thought I’ll do 3 months and cancel my subscription and rotate, but then I got emailed the menu for May and it included many recipes for the grill, one of my favorite things to do! So I have decided to continue. I like the the menus rotate around the seasons.
Since I plan on reusing the meal plan I wanted to make them easy to reuse and this is what has worked in our family, after wasting several printed pieces.
I took a binder and bought some plastic sheet protectors and placed a week menu on one side and the shopping list on the other side.
When it comes time to do my shopping list I choose my menu for the week take a dry erase marker and mark what I already have on hand.
After I do my shopping I then flip over the page and the week full of menus are placed on the fridge. If we don’t like a meal, which occasionally happens we write a few notes on the actual paper and write what we didn’t like.
I make the meals and they wait in the fridge and as we make the meals, we never make them in order we cross them out with a dry erase marker at the end of the week we wipe of our marks place it in the binder and start it all over again. I know that there are only 5 meals but we rotate our meals on a 5 day basis, it is nice because we now have 3 months worth of menus and can get away with doing that.
Something else amazing with this program is that there are several meals that can be frozen. I recently went through and and separated the frozen only meals. I did this because a friend of mine had lost a family member and I wanted to help but in a different way. Having lost a sibling myself I know that it is when everyone leaves after that first week of the death that reality really sets in and the casserole seem to no longer exist. I set a week of freezable meals aside sent instructions to each meal so that when they felt like it they could pull the nearly-premade meals out.
I really love this program and I urge everyone to try it out because it is completely AWESOME and there are so many amazing things you can do with it. It is designated for a family of 5 I believe and being only a family of 3 it has been easy to adapt it to our family size.