I'm trying to become more organized when it comes to my food, and I thought it might benefit me to start making weekly meal plans.
I'm just not sure how to really go about doing them. I don't always have a set schedule. Typically, when I go out to eat, I don't have much notice.
Lunch on MOST weekdays will be leftovers from dinner the night before- at least as the base.
I do know that Tuesday nights, I have something planned where I do eat out, and I have church Wednesday nights. If I go out for dinner after church, I'll get home closer to 11. If I go home, I still won't have dinner before 9:30-10 on a good night.
I've already come up with a plan for Wednesdays. Before work, I'll start the crock-pot. That way, I'll have dinner ready for me when I get home (with possible minor prep-work involved,like if I decide to have a salad, etc) if I don't eat dinner out. And, even if I do eat dinner out, I can pack a serving of the crock-pot meal for lunch.
With dinner Tuesday being a meal out, I will most likely have a quick and easy soup/salad/sandwich type lunch on Wednesdays. However, I am also looking at overcooking on some occasions just to have extra leftovers. That way, if I'm too tired to even consider cooking one night- or if I go out to eat- I'll have a go-to option (especially for lunch, which is usually leftovers). I want to have a list of quick and easy emergency meals to fall back on just in case.
So, how do you begin meal planning? I definitely want to be somewhat flexible as my schedule is usually flexible, but I'm sick of scrambling around in the evening to come up with ideas for dinner.