Menu Planning Using Themes – Part 2 ~ How to use dinner themes to help make the task of menu planning and deciding what to make for dinner a lot easier!
I am so glad you stopped by to find out How To Menu Plan Using Themes. This is actually a continuation of the previous blog post Menu Planning Using Themes that I highly recommend you read so the rest of this blog makes a lot more sense.
But here’s a quick overview. Knowing how to menu plan is a really important part of being organized. The problem is that even the process of menu planning can be an overwhelming task. How do you begin? How do you decide what to feed your family something that isn’t too expensive, doesn’t take too long to prepare, is healthy and balanced and something that they will eat.
I love creating and working with systems to keep me organized. When I menu plan using themes I created a system that helps narrow down the choices of what I want to feed my family. How does this work? Let me explain.
I have provided you with a list of Dinner Menu Themes. Go through the list and circle the themes that you and your family enjoy and what fits in your schedule. I have also left some blank spaces just in case I missed a dinner theme. I have also provided you with a printable of this list in PDF format that you are welcome to download and print for your personal use: Dinner Menu Themes
Complete the Dinner Menu Ideas Using Themes chart to brainstorm dinners that you enjoy and/or plan to make in the future. I recommend picking seven dinner themes and fill in four to seven dinners per theme. You potentially will have a collection of about fifty dinners! This significantly reduces the stress of answering the question “What will I make for dinner tonight?”
Here’s an example of what this chart looks like when it is blank and when it is completed. You might notice that some of the dinners could go in a couple of different themes. For example I put spaghetti in the Casserole Night theme but it could also be in the Pasta Night theme. It is totally up to you how you want to organize your dinners in your themes. The soups in the Soup Night theme are hearty soups consisting of several food groups including vegetables, protein and carbohydrate to make them a complete meal.
I have also provided you with a printable chart in PDF format for you to download and print for personal use: Dinner Menu Ideas Using Themes
Using your completed Dinner Menu Ideas Using Themes chart as a reference complete the Dinner Menus For The Week Chart. This is the same chart that I talked about in the previous blog post so again I suggest you visit that blog so this step really makes sense. I provided the same copy of this printable dinner menu planner here in PDF format as well to make things easy for you: Menu Planning Chart
I also recommend that when you print all three printables that you keep them together where you complete and post your menu planning.
I have used this system of menu planning using themes for years and it truly made life a lot easier for me and really helped keep me organized. This system made things a lot easier when it came to planning a variety of dinners, grocery shopping, preparing and finally serving dinners that were nutritional and most of all, that my family actually enjoyed eating. I hope this system and my explanations, printables and photograph makes sense to you!
Now it’s your turn. I would love to hear your thoughts on How To Menu Plan Using Themes! What are your favourite dinner themes?
I love to be organized and be planned. I have written some other blogs that you might be interested in reading to help you with your planning. I invite you to check these out too! Just click on any of the titles below.
Thanks for spending time here!