This post is part of my Types of Meal Planning series. There are four main approaches you can take to meal planning, and each is designed to suit households with different time constraints and requirements.
Back in the day when there was just my husband and me at home, we were decidedly creatures of habit. Our jobs and hobbies were regular and so we could guarantee that our late nights home from work, early starts, nights out, and ordering in always fell on the same respective days. That meant that meal planning was an absolute breeze.
I soon developed a system to enable us to do the meal planning and food shop as painlessly as possible and I’m going to share it with you today. I call it the Rotational Menu.
Good Food on Your Terms
The plan does exactly what it says – rotates a set number of dishes from week to week. If you have a fairly rigid, established schedule, then it’s a great way to get started with meal planning for your household. It’s similar in style to having ‘theme nights’ for food, only more tailored to how much time you have to cook. So your plan will look nothing like your friend’s plan, but it will work perfectly with how your household runs from day to day.
The Rotational Menu: Where to Begin
- Would you benefit from popping something in the slow cooker before you head out in the morning?
- Do you need something that can be prepped and cooked in 20-minutes flat?
- Should you cook something on the weekend and freeze a few portions for later in the week?
These are all examples of the different ways you can approach your week, and you need to think about what will work best for you.
What to Choose for YOUR Rotational Menu
And here’s mine!
Pizza; Burgers; Fajitas/enchiladas/nachos; Ribs and sweet potatoes. Plus ice cream sundaes – all eaten in front of a TV binge!
Want to learn some other great ways to meal plan?
PLANNING BY TIME is only one of the angles you can use to get ahead. Here are some other suggestions:
Capsule Pantry – kind of like a capsule wardrobe, you pick a small number of ingredients and have a selection of different meal combinations that you can make from them.
Seasonal Menus – eating the very best of what nature has to offer by only buying what’s in season.
Theme Nights – choosing a meal every night based on a cuisine (curry night), cooking style (stir-fry night) or ingredient (pasta night).