Sanity Savers: Part 2

Sorry to leave you hanging for a few weeks; I’m sure you’ve been in complete suspense awaiting the next Sanity Saver! If there has ever been a month that challenged my sanity, this October has been it for sure. So, without further ado….

My second sanity-saving tip is creating a monthly menu rotation. I’ve written about my weekly menu plans in the past, so this isn’t a totally new concept. However, I recently discovered that I can recycle a month’s worth of favorite menus to save time in the meal planning department. Start out by biting off a week at a time, then at the end of the month transfer the menu you planned for each week onto a calendar to create a schedule for the next month. Planning ahead is simplified by capturing the decisions you’ve already made and making a master shopping list for each week’s meals. You can recycle this rotating menu each season, or for as long as your family tolerates it.

Monthly Menu Planning Template

Download my free Monthly Menu Rotation template to personalize with your family’s favorite meals. If you need menu suggestions, these are some great places to start:

One more tip….always have a few frozen pizzas on hand for those hectic nights when cooking a real meal is just not in the cards. Actually, that is probably the real sanity-saver here!

There are still more sanity-saving tips to come but, in the meantime, please leave a link to your favorite recipe in the comments.

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3 Comments

  1. There are three recipes linked on this blog entry… all from the Pioneer Woman and all scrumptious. I’d say the Caesar Salad (if you added grilled chicken or fajita beef) could definitely be a weekly standard. It’s really awesome and really easy!

    http://crewzn.blogspot.com/2009/09/labor-and-party.html

    Posted October 27, 2010 at 6:52 am | Permalink
  2. ooohh, downloaded your template and it’s just what i need (as i said to jordan 5 minutes ago, “let’s plan our meals for the week before we head to central market”). thank you! loved catching up on your blog and, if it’s okay, want to do a post on your site. i think my friends will LOVE it. hope you guys are having a great winter…it’s spring in austin in already!

    Posted March 6, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink
  3. ShaylaNo Gravatar

    @tracey silverman: Hi, Tracey! I hope you find the template handy. I also have meal planning on my agenda for today. Yes, please feel free to share my blog….I love new visitors! So jealous that it’s already spring in Austin….it’s still pretty chilly here in Tulsa.

    Posted March 6, 2011 at 10:41 am | Permalink

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