I've talked often about menu planning, but I've also admitted that it goes in cycles with me - and lately, I've completely gotten away from it. I can't remember the last time I planned my menu.
Things have been okay anyway, but Moneywise Moms mentioned yesterday that participating in a weekly menu planning meme helps her stay on track, and her post reminded me of the many benefits of menu planning: saving money, reducing stress, more variety, less waste, and more.
So, I'm going back to planning out my menu, but with a focus on easy, fast dinners. Side note: I only plan dinners, since breakfast is usually cereal, toast or oatmeal, and lunch is usually leftovers or a quick sandwich.
The weather here has been a bit weird - it got warm for a while, and then this week it's been cool again. It even rained a couple of times, which is downright bizarre. But the farmer's markets should be looking good, so I can get some fresh, in-season produce because I also want to make our meals with less meat. I've been reading Mark Bittman's blog, and that along with his article in a recent issue of Cooking Light has me convinced that I should at least try to downsize the amount of meat in our diet. There's no better time for such an experiment than when fresh produce is bountiful and delicious.