Meal planning can seem like a difficult chore. Try making it into a game.
Shuffle the Deck
Compile recipes for 20 to 30 easy-to-prepare main dishes and the same number of side dishes and desserts. Cut them out of magazines, download them the internet. Get together with friends and each bring 10 recipes and share them.
1. Put each recipe on a 5 x 8 card, noting any special ingredients that require a stop at a speciality shop.
2. File all the recipe cards in a card box.
1. Select your required number of main dishes.
2. Mix and match them with side dishes and desserts.
Your menu is complete.
Write your shopping list on the back of an envelope, and stuff the envelope with the appropriate coupons.