Thursday, February 05, 2009

Menu planning / Planear Menus

I've tried doing menu planning several times but with no success. I still do it but I rarely stick to my plan. I usually shop once a month and I buy fruit and vegetables once or twice a week. I find it quite difficult to plan menus one month ahead,especially because I almost always end up not doing anything as planned. I've seen that most of you do menu planning. Could you please give me some ideas of what has worked for you? I like to try new recipes at least twice a month but if I don't plan that, I never have all the ingredients I have.
Já por várias vezes tentei planear os nossos menus mas não fui bem sucedida. Continuo a fazê-lo só que raramente cumpro aquilo que planeei. Normalmente vou ao supermercado uma vez por mês e compro fruta e vegetais uma ou duas vezes por semana. Tenho dificuldade em planear os meus menus com um mês de antecedência porque acabo sempre por não fazer nada daqilo que planeei. Já vi que a maior parte de vocês planeia os menus e por isso gostaria de vos pedir algumas ideias. Eu gosto de experimentar receitas novas, pelo menos umas duas vezes por mês, mas quando não planeio, nunca tenho em casa os ingredientes de que preciso.


Mari said...

I plan 2 weeks ahead and often have at least one new recipe in that 2 weeks. I can't throw in too many new ones, because my hubby likes things he's used to. Of course - after he's had it once and likes it, I can use it again! I switch things around as needed if something comes up and if we end up going out, I just move that meal to the next 2 weeks. Hope this helps.

Raggedy Girl said...

I am terrible at menu planning. I shop once a week and often we just eat out. I love cookbooks and have so many but rarely cook from them. I would love to figure out how to be a more organized cook too!
Roberta Anne

Aninhas said...

por isso é que eu gosto de morar em frente ao supermercado ;-)
que giro tens uma seguidora com a imagem da minha boneca de infãncia preferida!

Pug1 said...

I usually shop once a week. I don't usually menu plan but I cook around the sales that I bought for the week. This works for me. So I would say most of our meals are based on sale prices, although I do like to try a few new recipes per month. I also stock up (when on sale) your basic pantry items so that I can cook mostly any type of dish for a new recipe. I hope this is helpful....I'm a frugal person in the kitchen...I also like to prepare healthy meals.
CHEERS! Michele

Tibetan Star said...

Funnily enough, I have been thinking about that recently, that it would be a good idea to do a bit more planning when it comes to meals.

Sandra said...

I menu plan for two weeks ahead and shop for two weeks on the 1st and the 15th of each month.