i personally have a few meals that I like to cook over a 4 week period. They use a lot of the same ingredients which means I'm not buying fancy stuff that only gets used once or twice and then goes in the bin.
When I shop for meats it's the same nearly every fortnight depending what's on special. My vegies don't really change that much depending on if it's winter or summer. I find that I don't have a lot of wastage because it's all food that I eat and I change what I do with the food to keep it interesting enough that I don't feel like I'm eating the same meals week in week out.
One thing I really don't like is complicated menu planning. Breakfast and lunch is a hit and miss affair in this house so I cant see the point in planning anything for those meals. Dinner is the only one that I want to worry about.
Each Sunday night I check out what meat is left in the freezer, scribble it down, decide what nights I want for these meats ( I like to rotate my nights....chicken, meat, fish ) then decide what meals I'm going to make with them. It doesn't take long and I can tart the meals up into something different each week while still buying the same meat. Less thinking for me.
Eg. Chicken over 4 weeks
- Roast Chicken
- Chicken Stir fry ( pulled apart from left over roast the week before
- Devilled Chicken Marylands
- Honey and Mustard Chicken Marylands
The best bit is that it reminds me to actually get the meat out the freezer the night before haha.
Here is a PDF that you can download and print off that I've used from the Orchard Girls website that I found. Weekly Meal Planner