It’s back – by popular demand: A whole month dedicated to the ins and outs of Menu Planning.
Over the course of December, I will be sharing the many ways that menu planning can help you save money — and time. And even a little bit of your sanity.
But today, I want to kick things off by sharing my family’s menu plan for December.
For all of December?
I like to make a monthly menu plan. Some do it for two weeks at a time. Others make a new plan each week.
You’ll notice that I repeat a lot of meals and I definitely keep things simple — because it’s not about spending hours in the kitchen every night. It’s about feeding your family.
You’ll also notice that every Monday and Thursday I have planned for us to eat sandwiches. This is not typical for my family.
But throughout this month, our boys will be having twice weekly basketball practice from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
After trying to figure out how to make a family dinner fit with their practice schedule, my husband and I finally agreed that “dinner to go” would be best for those days.
Again – it’s not my preference. But sometimes life gets hectic and you have to adapt.
One last thing — you’ll notice that Saturdays aren’t planned. Those meals will get fleshed out as we invite guests, or get invited out, for Shabbat lunch. Friday night dinners we have at home 99% of the time — with just the five of us. Especially after our crazy Mondays and Thursdays, I think we’ll appreciate our family Shabbat dinners even more.
With all those disclaimers behind me, here is my family’s dinner menu plan for December. You can click on the calendar to enlarge it or download it, if you want.