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How to Feed Your Family

Every year I have a goal to make better meals and plan menus and every year I don’t do it.

Making dinner is hard. But I may have found just the inspiration I need with Lindsay’s 12 Secrets to Planning Menus. Her beautiful photos get me in the mood to be organized and resourceful. I want to not dread, “What’s for dinner?”

The first tip is to write down everything your family likes to eat. This is smart. I don’t want to make weird hard things every night for dinner. But I hate committing to a menu because, what if I don’t feel like eating what I planned to eat? More likely, what if I don’t feel like making what I planned to make?

I can’t even think about side dishes. The only things I ever make are one-pot, whole-deal meals. (I’m very inept.)

Another tip is to dedicate a binder to recipes. Now this—I can do. I’ve got a binder full of stuff. I should probably organize it. That might motivate me?

Be realistic, eat in season, don’t forget to plan breakfast and lunch—Read all of Lindsay’s secrets on Design Mom. I plan to implement all of these tips and make a real go at meal planning this year. The main thing that has helped me to be a little better about planning meals is to go grocery shopping without the kids. This way, I can pay attention to what’s on sale and I can plan what I want to eat and feel like making. If the kids are there, all bets are off. Because, of course, I don’t have menus or a list. Is this some kind of self-defeating behavior on my part? Who can say!

If you have any more tips for me, leave them in the comments. Will 2013 be the year I conquer dinner?

Photo Credit: Lindsay Johnson

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