In my dream world this is what weekly family menu planning looks like. Sitting on the veranda enjoying the peace and quiet with a coffee, flicking through a couple of cookbooks or magazines trying to find a couple of new recipes to try in the coming week. On bad days it looks like me standing in the middle of a supermarket with three kids alternatively crying, throwing things in the trolley, asking for lollies/biscuits/magazines/toys and all talking at once while I try and figure out what we're going to eat that night.
Most often though what it looks like is me on the couch on a Sunday night, fairly exhausted and trying to wrack my brain for about 5 dinner options that I can write on my list so I can finish my shopping list and then do an online grocery order. I generally try to do an order either weekly or fortnightly and I normally buy dinner items for 5 (weekly) or 10 (fortnightly) meals so I don't have to do a big shop with the kids - I leave a couple of nights out for deciding at the last minute, eating at mum and dads or dinner out. I'll often drop in for a few extra fruit and veg, milk and bread but I can handle that with the girls.. the big shop not so much.
For awhile I've been thinking about writing down a list of the dinners my family actually like to eat so when it comes time to write my shopping list I can just refer to that. I decided to put it on my blog so I'll be able to access it anywhere and then anyone can use it too. So here it is - our weekly dinners list. At the moment it's not organised but I'm planning on sorting it out and adding recipes to it as I go. I like to try and make something new at least once a fortnight and if it's worked out well I'll add it to the page. Everything on there is something that we have eaten more than once and has worked for my opinionated 4.5 and 2.5 year olds - although some of them have taken more encouragement that others, but it's not just about them right! You can access it whenever you want from the menu at the top of the sidebar.