Meal planning is not easy for me.  I try hard at it though and I find that if I don’t do it at all, I can be found in my kitchen in a fetal position on the floor, box of saltines in one hand, can of beans in the other at 5:45pm.  No good combination ever came from a box of saltines and a can of beans.  If I don’t plan ahead somewhat, I go to the store and buy nothing that goes together; peanut butter, carrots, maybe some salami.  So when it’s time to actually prepare a meal, I’m dumbstruck.  
Last spring, I overheard another homeschool mama talking about her meal planning system and I loved it.  For breakfast and lunch she has the same weekly menu…every. single. week.  So I totally copied her…and it works beautifully!  No more waking up and wondering what to make for breakfast…it’s SMOOTHIE TUESDAY!!  And no more over-hungry kids with nothing to eat but moldy leftovers…it’s PIZZA PIE FRIDAY!!  Yes, I made a rhyme to my menu, because I’m fun like that.  And I like to make rhymes a lot, so it just seemed natural.  If you’re struggling to come up with ideas from breakfast and lunch, maybe this is a way for you to simplify and just come up with five ideas for each meal.  Here’s what our week looks like:
B R E A K F A S T:
Muffin Monday
Smoothie Tuesday
(I’ll share with you tomorrow an easy way to make smoothies)
Waffle Wednesday
Cereal Thursday
Egg Day Friday….or Fr-egg-day if you’re clever
L U N C H:
Macaroni Monday
Taco Tuesday
Wrap Wednesday
Burrito Thursday
Pizza Pie Friday
Now that I look at this, none of these really rhyme, do they?
If you’re struggling at the grocery store to know what to pick up, or what to make for breakfast and lunch, maybe come up with your own plan–and may it rhyme better than mine.  My kids LOVE this because they know exactly what they’re having every day.  They can get up on Wednesday morning and start their waffles if I’m not right there.  It also helps tremendously at the grocery store…I have the staples I need for these meals and I can always keep stocked up on it.

If you’re new here, this post is part of a 31-day series on simplifying our homes and schools. 
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  1. I'll have to try this. We always do pancake Wednesdays and the kids look forward to it. I can't wait to expand and plan at least breakfast for the rest of the week. Thanks for this great idea!

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