Folks, I avoid meal planning like the plague. I’m not sure why, I usually love any other kind of planning, but there is something especially frustrating about deciding what to cook, that I’d rather not, thanks!
However, there comes a time, (or several times, actually) when we must eat! So over the years, I’ve found that if I have a few meals planned as options, and have the ingredients on hand, the process goes much more smoothly.
Thus, the recipe binder. This stack of recipes I’ve collected from various places has been sitting in a pile in my house for a loooong time. I always meant to put them together in a binder, but somehow, it hadn’t happened. Well friends, yesterday was finally that day.
Over time I’ve collected various recipes that look good, or ones that we’ve tried and loved, and a while back I gave some thought to the best way to categorize them. Surprisingly, I’m opting for a very loose grouping, to get my creative brain going. You can see my categories below. Judging from my first pass through the book, it looks like I could survive just fine on various iterations of chicken, potatoes, and chocolate cake!)
Will it drive my organized brain nuts to see recipes mixed in where they do not “belong”? (“Hey, that’s a Soup recipe, why is it in the Summer category?) Yes it will. But hopefully it will also jump start me into creative action in meal planning, and cause me to notice some recipes that I might gloss over, if they were all neatly lined up by type.
I’m hoping that the recipe binder will be a “living” thing, in that I keep adding to it and rearranging as needed. Especially in taking out the recipes that I don’t ever use. (Keep me accountable on that, folks, don’t be afraid to ask how it’s going, a few months down the road!)
So there is my happy completed project. I’m so glad to get that corner of my house back!
Here are the categories I used…they are subject to change, depending on how things go:
- Main Dishes