Menu Planning - The Chef's Cooking School

Menu Planning

Menu Planning

5 Questions we want to answer during our

Menu Planning process:

1. Who is going to be there?

2. What are you going to eat?

3. How will the meal be nutritionally balanced?

4. Who is going to prepare it?

5. Progressing in my skill and having fun with it.

Note from the Chef:

You might ask yourself, "Why Plan?" Here are a few reasons to plan out your course.

1. You will find yourself more prepared even if something gets you off course.

2. Planning actually gets you prepared for your week, making you more effective.

3. Being prepared, you will rock with confidence.

4. If you plan you will actually save money when you execute your plan.

5 Questions

1. Who is going to be there? On the next page you will see a grid that you can utilize the format to help answer this question. Ex. on Monday; I work late, Joey has soccer, Amy has debate. Since there will be no one at home you could probably figure soup and cold cuts for when we get home.

2. What will we eat? I recommend starting a file, get an index filing box and keep record of what everyone likes to eat. You would save yourself some time if you included recipes, and things you want to try.

3. Balance is attainable: Though the task is worthy of the challenge, balancing between nutrition, ability, time and budget can be done. The great thing is that you are the chef, the author. Whatever you end up deciding will be fine. Keep the challenges in the forefront, persist and you can't lose.

4. Who is going to prepare it? Maybe Joey can turn the oven on and pop it in at a certain time. Maybe I can prepare it the night before.

5. Having fun with it and progressing in your skills Are there some things I can do with the kids? How can I challenge my ablilities? Put something in there,(and allow ample time) that will be different for me to cook.

Menu 

Grid

Chart 1A

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday
Blueberry muffin
Cereal/peach
Bagel/banana's
Muffin/Apple
Yogurt/strwbrries
Breakfast
Raisins
Apple Sauce
Carrot stix
dried apricots
Snack
Craisins
Turkey, Club Sandwich, juice box, chips
School Lunch
Peanut butter and jelly, apple sauce, juice box, 
Roast beef, cheddar cheese, pudding, juice box
Lunch
School Lunch
Snack
Pudding
Crackers/cheese
popcorn
trail mix
Pretzels
Brown Rice, Stirfried Chicken breast, with asian mixed vegetables
Meatloaf, mashed yukon gold potatoes, carrots,gravy
Roast Chicken, potato wedges, peas, gravy
Pizza, Salad
Dinner
Macaroni and Cheese
Shopping
Chicken, asian mixed vegetables
bagels, bananas, apple sauce, crackers
muffins, apples, carrots, juice box
Needs
Toaster pastry,
turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato
cheese, Ground Beef, bread crumbs, potato
peas, 
Salad stuff
Cheese and Macaroni
Everyone is home
Pete has soccer practice will not be home
Everyone is home.  John will pick up roast chix, potato wedges, gravy 
Mary is coming over for dinner.  Order Pizza I will pick up on my way home
Blank Menu Chart 1B
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
Breakfast
Lunch
Snack
Dinner
Shopping needs
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