I've been planning weekly menus for a couple of months now. I used to do it years ago, and started again recently when Marc and I decided that I should cook more so we could stop spending so much on take out.
I've gotten better about planning my menus around what I already have and what needs to be used up, and yesterday I figured something out that I'm going to put into practice this coming week:
I'm going to check the 7-day weather forecast when planning my menu.
Why is this important? Well, my car thermometer read 99 degrees yesterday. And I'd planned on making pizza for dinner, which of course meant turning on the oven.
I made the pizzas anyway, and they were delicious. But I realized that I can possibly avoid this problem in the future by checking the weather forecast.
Of course, pretty soon, every day the temperature will hit 100+ degrees and I'm planning to keep my oven use down to once a week when we get into summer. But until that happens, I'm checking the weather forecast before I plan my menu!
Previously: Menu Planning: Getting Started