Tuesday, September 05, 2006
WFMW - Master Meal List
I've been planning our meals for over 20 years now, but so many times over those years, I'd sit down and think, "I have no idea what to fix this week!" So I began a list of our favorite meals to draw from. I divided my list into Beef, Ground Beef, Chicken, Pork, Meatless, and Soups main dishes, Breakfast dishes, and Lunch dishes. I'm also considering adding side dishes, breads, and desserts, but having the main dishes listed has been a tremendous help just in itself. Beside each dish, if I still need the recipe, I write where I can find it - book and page number (I have lots of Taste of Home magazines). This master meal list is a lifesaver when I'm busy or just can't think (pretty common for me!).
This list can be as simple as writing it down on notebook paper to as complex as making tables in Word (that is complex to me!). I did mine just as a list in a Word document and then sorted each category alphabetically by highlighting the text I wanted to sort, then clicking on Tables, Sort, then choosing Paragraphs, Text, and Ascending (which means A-Z). I'm not very experienced in using Word to make fancy documents, so I just did the simplest and fastest thing I could think of. I'd much rather type than write by hand. My main dish master list works for me!
For more WFMW tips, or to contribute one of your own, visit Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer.