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Sue never seems to worry about what to fix for meals. She doesn't write out her menus and always has good meals ready on time.  What is her planning secret?  Traditions and routines!
Routines help save time, she says, because she doesn't have to take time to think about what to fix or what ingredients she needs.  For example, she always fixes homemade pizza on Friday nights.    She never has to spend time thinking about what to fix for Friday night supper and routinely keeps the ingredients on hand or buys ahead in bulk.  Once in a while she orders pizza delivered in for a variety. But, either way, Friday night supper is a "tradition" her family looks forward to with little effort on her part.  That's one time-saving routine.  Your family might choose hamburgers, tacos, soup, going out to eat, or whatever your favorite Friday night tradition might be.
That's one meal out of seven taken care of.  What routines could help you with meal planning the other six days?  Let's start with the weekends.  For many of our grandmothers, the Sunday noon meal was always "tradition."  When Sue was growing up it was always a big chicken dinner or a hearty pot roast meal.  Sue has chosen soup and sandwiches as her tradition.  And her Sunday night tradition is always left-over pizza.  (She makes extra on Fridays, taking care of two meals with one mess.) 
Sue's Saturday tradition or routine is less structured-a big breakfast, then the week's leftovers the rest of the day.  Breakfasts are relatively easy to fix because most people keep eggs, bread, eggs, oatmeal-all are relatively easy meals to plan.
At this point we have almost half the week's meal planning taken care of.  Next week I'll share Sue's time-saving ideas for weekday meal planning.

posted on: 3/23/2010 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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