ABCs of menu planning


Another good post from Flylady.

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Dear Friends,

Sometimes there is a learning curve [on learning a new habit] and it doesn't just snap into place. Even more so with menu planning, sometimes your Plan A menu plan hits the skids for whatever reason and now you're in a bind. What to do?

Plan B. And Plan C even. Don't get trapped in perfectionism and believe that you can never ever deviate from the menu plan! Stuff happens, we are all susceptible. So when that stuff is hitting the fan, you need the insurance protection of Plan B and Plan C. Here's what that looks like.
Plan B - I think everyone should have a stash of frozen meals in their freezer. We've even got frozen crockpot meals it's by far the easiest, cinchy-iest way to dinner and great in a pinch!

Plan C is what I call an emergency meal. This is where your well-stocked pantry saves your biscuitsâwhat you need to make a quick and dirty dinner is right there, in the pantry and you can get it cooked and on the table as quick as lightning because you have to. I've got a recipe here for you to try the next time you're slammed busy and suddenly don't have the time you need to make it.

The goal of course is Plan A. But be ready just in case for Plan B and even Plan C scenarios. That's just the way life is sometimes!

Here's that recipe I told you about. Get your pantry stocked with these ingredients this week! You'll be glad you did!

The Original 911 Emergency Dinner
Serves 4
3 cups instant brown rice, cooked
2 (15 ounce) cans of black beans, not drained
Jarred salsa (your favorite)
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Sour cream
In a saucepan, heat the beans till nice and hot. In a bowl, place your cooked rice, top with beans and salsa.
Add the condiments of your choice to the top and heat the tortillas to be used as either a bread-type side dish or to allow your family to make soft tacos from their meal.