Organizing a Menu

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 8, 2016)

By taking a little time to begin organizing a menu, you can actually get an idea of what you food expenditures will be, and help get your finances under control. This doesn't mean that you need to always go with the same boring meals day after day though. Rather, all it really means is that you take a little time to think ahead and do some planning. In order to really get any idea of how to organize a menu, simply follow these simple guidelines. By the time that you have finished answering these questions you will be able to have a perfectly organized menu.

  • What time frame will the menu be covering? Knowing how long you will be planning your meals for will help. For example, are you going to be planning out the meals for the next two or three days? Or are you going to be planning out the meals for the entire month? How many meals will you be planning for each day? Take some time to think about what you are doing, and then plan accordingly.
  • Who will be eating? How many people are in your family? There is a big difference between cooking and planning a menu for just one person than there is for creating a menu for five. Be sure that you plan to have enough food for each meal for each person that will be attending.
  • Have you created enough variety? Don't simply put down your favorite meals all the time, or they may become your ex-favorite meals. If you are planning menus for more than one person, be sure that you take into account the other people who will be eating, and what they like as well. Think of it as preparing a speech, and that you need tailor the speech to your audience. The main thing that you want to remember is that you don't necessarily want to get stuck in a rut.
  • Have you experimented a little? You should always include a few new items in your menu. This will give you a chance to expand your cooking experience, while also allowing you time to decide what you like and don't like. Never be afraid of a little experimentation. Take time to ask other members of your family what they like, and what they may like to have for dinner.

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Lee Wyatt

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