I plan the whole month at once - it only takes 3 or 4 hours and I'm pretty much done. I also do the shopping list at the same time.
Well, this month I took it to the next level.
I typed it out in Word instead of printing it and then hand writing it in. It looks so "professional" and clean. I then took the calendar and printed shopping list to the store last night in a plastic sleeve. I felt so much more classy than a mom of 3 kids. Like I paid someone to do it all for me. :)
Here's a pic of the menu for anyone interested. (Click on it to see it larger.)
I try to include a reference to where the recipe came from. This month is "Try to be sure we are getting enough Protein" Month. So, lots of tofu, fish and TVP (textured vegetable protein). If a recipe calls for chicken I will be substituting tofu and likewise with beef and TVP. (Except for the empanadas.) I also ordered some TVP that has been formed into more "meatish" textures and shapes. We'll see how that works out!
This month I hope to start a new blog chronicling our food adventures.