I'm finally getting back into the swing of meal planning BUT I'm not doing a month at a time like I used to. I just don't have the time anymore to sit down and do a whole month at once so instead I'm doing it weekly.
But I am keeping a monthly inventory of meats etc that are in the freezer at any one time. Every month I am writing the master list for that month and then I cross them off when I add them to the meal plan and add items to the inventory list when I find a good special whilst doing my weekly grocery shop.
Below you can find a copy of one of our recent menu plans. On the plan I also include what I will be baking that way. I've found it easy to bake several times a week rather than spending a day doing bulk baking.
Every Friday I write up a new plan for that week. I start our meal planning weeks on a Saturday because that is the day either B or myself do the grocery shopping (secretly I am always hoping that B offers to do it because I HATE grocery shopping with a passion).
You can find a blank copy of my menu plan template here: http://www.andsewwecraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Menu-Plan-Weekly-blank.pdf
And the tracking that I mentioned is the title is that I am simply putting all the planned dinners in the My Fitness Pal on a Saturday for that whole week so that I stay accountable.
So far this system is working. I'll let you know if I change any of it.
Do you meal/menu plan? What method do you use?