Dinner Makeover: Ideas for a Flexible Dinner Menu
Make a Flexible Shopping List
“Every day, I decide what I want to cook,” says Amy, who lets her cravings guide her menu planning. However, she’s less enthused about making daily grocery-store runs. Dawn explained that Amy could cut down on supermarket trips without sacrificing spontaneity if she made a flexible weekly shopping list. Here’s how she can do it.
- Create a standing list of staples that the family uses every week—think fruit, cereal, milk.
- Sit down with the boys and decide on one or two recipes that they would like to have that week. (She can leave the rest of the meals open.) Add the ingredients for those recipes to her list.
- Add one protein and one vegetable for each of the remaining dinners in the week. “You don’t need to decide how to use them or in what combination until later,” Dawn told Amy. “But this way you’ll have plenty of options on hand.”