I think I've written a few of these posts before, but why not try again?
We've always been pretty good at meal planning. While I didn't grow up in a house with a formal plan for what was for dinner which night (somehow, food just appeared), I now believe it's crucial to have something written down, so that there are no guesses, no surprises, and no grabbing for the take out menu folder.
Here's what's going on in our house for dinner this week:
Monday: mushroom soup leftovers from Sunday, if not a total FAIL, rolls, salad
Tuesday: chili verde (made with pork and our tomatillos grown last summer, now frozen in a sauce) and tortilla chips
Thursday: flounder, frozen vegetable...not sure what else. Baked potatoes? Oven fries?
Friday: steak and risotto (C has Fri & Sat off so he tries to make something special on those days), with a frozen vegetable
That's all we have planned so far, but I'm sure we'll have leftover risotto in there. The weekends are usually done mid-week, when we've received the store flyers for next week's sales. Then we can make our grocery lists and plan for the next week.