I have to admit, the idea is VERY intriguing for me. There obviously is a TON of prep to this, but I have quite a bit of time on my hands, so I thought it might be worth giving a try.
Especially since we will be living in a place (very soon) that is a minimum of 20 minutes from any kind of grocery store or restaurant, eating in is VERY important and getting the right groceries is even more paramount. There is no running to the store really quickly for butter, eggs or that kind of thing. Unless Dollar General sells it - which they actually might, BUT I bet it will not be the natural butter we like or the farm eggs we get at the farmer's market. Just saying.
The premise here is to divide foods into categories. Such as with dinners, Mexican, Pizzas, Pork Dishes, Beef Dishes, Asian Cuisine, Italian, 'Merican, Breakfast night, Chicken, Soups, etc - ideally 7 to 14 different categories with a minimum of 14 meals in each category.
Then, you would just repeat those meals - with adjustments to the seasons based on availability of some foods - like pablano peppers in the summer! YUM!
You would do the same for breakfasts (if that is a meal you need to plan -like me) and lunches.
Then, just plug it into a calendar or spreadsheet and there you go!
Some tips I have seen that make sense:
- Keep the meals to things your family likes, then every now and then experiment with something new when there is time.
- If you know there will be a season that is rough (like soccer season), then plan easy meals
- When the family gets sick and you get way off your menu - don't worry about it, just jump back in when everybody is healthy again.
- Add in some out to eat nights - then those will really be treats!
This a very fluid way of planning for a year - if you do not like repeating meals a lot, then you don't have to come up with so many. Me, I like a LOT of variety, so I will be brainstorming for dinner ideas, but for breakfasts and lunches - wash, rinse, repeat. I don't like to spend any time on them.
I am quite excited about this - it makes so much sense to me. We plan meals anyway, why not just go ahead and take all the planning out in one full swoop!
Do any of you plan for a year of meals already?