Something that has saved my sanity is meal planning.
I have done it various ways.........Plan each meal and assign it to a specific day, Plan a bunch of meals and hope it all comes out even in the wash........you name it.
The way I have finally stuck with (and which works quite well for me) is make a list of the various meals that we like to eat. I start with Breakfast, and then move to lunch, then dinner.
After I put down all the meals we like to eat, I see how many days are in that particular month. Then, I go through each of the meals I have jotted down and decide how many times we want that meal during the month. If it’s a meal that my kids don't really like, but I want them to start getting used to it, I will only put that meal down once or twice that month.
Just make all of the meals add up to the days of that month. (So for July, I planned 31 meals)
For example, this is my list for this month. Each of the numbers in each category adds up to 31 :
Bagels and yogurt--7
Mac and cheese--2
Mac and cheese--2
Steamed Veggies and Chicken--2
With each meal, I always plan on two veggie sides, or a veggie and fruit side. We keep our plate pretty veggied up. :)
So the number next to the meal is how many times we will have that meal this month. (Yeah, my kids REALLY like PB&J......can you tell?!!)
I just look at the list, choose which meal I want that night, mark that I am using it so I can stay on track with the number of times I had planned on, and know that I have all the food I need to make it.
This way, I can shop for these meals (hence my once a month shopping trip) since I know what I need. It saves money, time and a whole lot of stress over what to fix for dinner.
I hope this makes sense. It sure has helped make my life easier.