I mentally knew we had different foods we liked, but we had been in a rut lately. So, using ideas off Pinterest, a bargain I found at Michael’s Arts & Crafts, the metal organizer (originally for a locker) I had gotten from Rummage Sale this summer that I had painted black, some magnetic ‘Days of the Week’ I was not using, colored envelopes from the Dollar Store and ‘labels’ printed using the online Avery program I created our list of main dishes. (One day I will need to make a side dish and a dessert list also, but that is a project for the future.)
I started by using the Avery program and found that I could use the program to print on ‘labels’ (1×4 inches), but in my case I printed the main dishes on colored card stock (white=chicken/turkey, blue=beef, green= fish/seafood, yellow = pork, orange = non-meat, pink=crock pot soup, and red = have not tried yet)
So, I collected the recipes I could think of and started adding the titles (with cookbook name and page, etc) to the colored card stock. I was surprised to see we had about 40 main dishes. Next, I cut the main dishes into strips and put them into the (mostly matching) colored envelopes I got from the Dollar Store.
The bargain I got from Michael’s was a Metal board with a giant ‘E’ on it for 50 cents (90% off). I was not sure what I would do with the ‘E’, but I could see it would easily peel off and the board was decoratively painted.
The metal organizer holds the colored envelopes with the unused dishes (with the meat type written on the envelope), a colored envelope that contains the used main dishes (I am writing the Month/week number of the back as we use a main dish) and a colored envelope that contains blank strips so I can add dishes as we think of them.
The magnetic Days of the Week and the main dish strips are hung on the metal board. If something comes up then I change out/remove that day’s main dish.
So, that is our Menu Planning setup. It has helped us eat different meals and so far we have not repeated many meals.
If you make something similar I would love to hear about/see it.
Later – H