6 Tips to Help You Plan Your Weekly Menu

It’s the start of the week, and you have your notebook and pen ready. You look in the fridge and your grocery list, wondering, “What can I put on my menu this week?” Can you relate? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! Planning your weekly menu is tough (especially if cooking isn’t exactly your strong point), but that’s why we’re here to help you! We asked Frannie Daez, the author of the home management manual, “Keep it Together: Before Chaos Strikes” to share some tips to help make your menu planning easier. Check them out below!

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Balance is key

In every meal you prepare, you want to make sure that you have everything that your kids (and even your spouse) needs. This includes carbohydrates, protein, fruits and vegetables, and dairy. Try as much as possible to include all the food groups in each of the meals. You don’t need to have one dish for all, you can make separate ones instead!


Have some variety

To make it easier for you, assign each day to a certain kind of food. For example, you can make Monday a chicken day, Tuesday a pasta day, Wednesday an international food day, and so on. This way, you can guarantee that your menu will have a lot of variety instead of having consecutive days that have pork and beef dishes.


Add color

Yes, color helps in making your menu. You wouldn’t want to look at a spread of food that’s all green, would you? Well, you know your kids wouldn’t! But think about how you can incorporate different colors into your menu. Maybe you can add a salad for greens? Maybe a soup for some yellows or reds? You can even change up the color of your rice too!


Stick to the same continent

When planning meals, it’s always best to stick to the same continent. You can have several Asian dishes in one meal, but wouldn’t it be weird if you mixed some Italian or American with some Asian cuisine? It’s also easier for you too, because the cooking styles and ingredients in countries on the same continent are usually similar.


Don't cook it the same way

Here’s another tip to think about! If you’re having some fried chicken, opt for a different way of cooking your potatoes. Have them baked or mashed instead of fried, so you can take a break from all the grease, and give your family other textures and options to choose from.


Compile your menus and rotate

After you’ve created a good number of weekly menus (say five or six?), then instead of creating new ones, just reuse what you already have. Rotate them when you don’t have the time to make a new menu, and insert a new dish every once in a while.


Here’s a sample weekly menu for you to take notes from:

SAMPLE WEEKLY MENU MON Breakfast Oatmeal, grilled cheese sandwiches, fresh fruits Lunch & Dinner Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, cream of mushroom soup TUES Breakfast Corned beef, garlic rice, fruit juice Lunch & Dinner Grilled pork chops, Sinigang na hipon WED Breakfast Fresh fruits, cereal, milk, toast with butter and jam Lunch & Dinner Pasta Puttanesca, garlic bread, fresh garden salad THURS Breakfast Spam, rice, scrambled egg, fruit juice Lunch & Dinner Beef steak Tagalog topped with onion rings, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, soup FRI Breakfast Fried dried fish, garlic rice, diced tomatoes, fruit juice Lunch & Dinner Bulanglang, daing na Galunggong SAT Breakfast Hot chocolate, suman, mango, pan de sal Lunch & Dinner Tuna submarine sandwiches, cream of mushroom soup SUN Breakfast Bacon, fried eggs, rice, fruit juice, Lunch & Dinner Beef sukiyaki, shrimp and fish tempura BABYANDBREAKFAST.PH

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