My style of meal planning has basically been to decide what we are eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner that morning. I will be the first to admit that my way has not been the most efficient method so I have wanted to learn more about menu planning.
I recently had the opportunity to use The Organized Family Menu Planner by Glow Baby. This user friendly menu planner is easy to use and I immediately liked the quality of the paper and the fact that it has a generous area for writing. In the beginning of the book there is a handy conversion chart that I have referenced frequently, a section for family member food preferences and favorite family recipes. I recently added my father-in-laws recipe for rice pudding which has been in my husband’s family for over 100 years.
There are 52 menu planning worksheets for meals where for each week I can input my selections for breakfast, snack (3 different spots), lunch and dinner. My favorite part is that each week has a blank grocery shopping list that can be detached when I need to go to the market.
The Organized Family Menu Planner even has a “Special Occasions” section which I have found very helpful in planning my Thanksgiving dinner. I usually make mental notes of what I will need but since using this menu planner, I feel much more organized and efficient. This section also has a blank detachable shopping list included as well as a guest list and a “to do” list.
In the back of the book, additional features include another section of recipes and a pocket that can hold miscellaneous items such as cut out recipes from a magazine.
Overall, I find that The Organized Family Menu Planner is very comprehensive. I will originally admit that I mistakenly assumed this would just be another thing to take up more of my time. Thankfully, I was wrong because this menu planner has been very helpful and has actually saved me time and unnecessary frustration in terms of grocery shopping and cooking routine. I tend to buy food when it is on sale and freeze it in our deep freezer. I would never remember what I had available in the freezer so I would end up “finding” food once it was already freezer burned. Now, when I go grocery shopping, I plan our upcoming meals as I am putting the food away so it is less wasteful too and is actually saving us even more money on our food costs.
The Organized Family Menu Planner is a great idea for any family and would make an excellent gift idea for the holidays, hostess gift, bridal shower or house warming gift.
You are invited to visit the Glow Baby website to purchase The Organized Family Menu Planner for only $20.00. You can receive 20% of your purchase at Glow Baby by using the code “simply20″ through December 31st, 2011!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*