If you have ever read my meal planning made easy post, you know that I dread meal planning and frankly, I suck at it. However, thanks to eMeals *, I no longer have to worry about it, but sometimes we do not want to try something new. We want an old favorite meal and so, I created our Favorite Family Recipe Binder where I keep all our favorite recipes along with our weekly meal plan.
I no longer print off every meal plan that eMeals send me. I store them in my email folder labeled “eMeals” and whenever it is time to make my grocery list, I go through my current plan and pick what we want. I then fill in any blank spots in our meal plan from our favorites.
I keep a list of our top ten favorite meals at the front of our binder so if I’m having a lazy week or just need to add something quick to our meal plan, I have a list of recipes that we love already at my disposal. (I do not keep the recipes on this sheet only because I know the recipes off the top of my head and I only follow a recipe to a “T” when I first make it.)
Our family favorites are:
Mushroom Pasta (this is just rigatoni noodles sautéed with garlic and mushrooms, seasoned with salt, pepper, and topped with parmesan cheese. Super easy.)
Kielbasa Pasta (kielbasa sausage, noodles, bell peppers, onions, and garlic all sautéed together and seasoned with salt and pepper.)
Summer Gazpacho (super frugal if you have a garden)
Copycat Olive Garden’s Toscana Zuppa
Chicken and Corn Chowder
Steak and Potatoes (the type of potatoes depends on my mood and what potatoes we already have on hand.)
Macaroni Casserole (great dish to make to use up leftovers)
Behind our top ten favorites are some of our weekly meal plans from eMeals that have recipes that we have loved. I simply highlight or circle our favorite recipes from those meal plans so I can view them quickly to decide if I want to make them that week.
This is just my simple and quick way to keep myself organize but also happy when it comes to meal planning. I love the eMeals * just sends me my meal plan every week but sometimes an ol’ favorite is the only thing that will do.
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