I have always struggled with what to make for dinner, but who doesn’t. I open the fridge and it’s a big blur. If I don’t already have in mind what to make, then it is the first thing that I can grab, like eggs, hot dogs, mac n cheese, grilled cheeses, tuna, and cereal – those are the staple “fast home food” around my house.

So I sat down and made a master meal list. It is all the meals that I have ever made in the past and we all gave each meal a rating from 1-10. This will help me know if it could/should be made again.

I also made a weekly meal list that gets placed on the fridge. I write down 6-7 meals that sound good to make or are something I feel like I could make that week. I started by assigning those meals on the list a certain day of the week to make them, but then I felt tied to it and what if I didn’t feel like making chicken that day?! So my list is free, free to pick which ever one I think I can make that day. Then I make a grocery list and go buy all the ingredients for those 6-7 meals. So now that I have all the ingredients for the week, I really have no excuses for not cooking. It is all there. With those meals that are planned, they usually take me 2 weeks to get through. Those other staple meals get plugged in and we go out too.

On the weekly meal list, there are always a few favorites, one new meal to try out, a breakfast meal for dinner, and a sandwich. Lots of variety. I try to add what side items would go with that meal too.

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Have fun making Dinner, or if is not fun, have fun ordering take out! What meals are your favorites? Share them on a comment here!