Avoid the Dinner Rush Drive-Through

You get that having family meals together is beneficial.  Yet the overwhelming thought in your busy, hectic life is…HOW to avoid the dinner rush drive-through?

You already know my favorite author on the Family Table, Devi Titus. She lovingly instructs us that a wise woman sets her table.  The book of Proverbs reveals to us God’s design of the way of wisdom, she says.

She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine;
She has also set her table. Proverbs 9:2 

The principle we learn in this proverb?  It is wisdom for us to prepare what we are having for dinner and to set our table .  To keep you from throwing  plates at me, I’ll quote Devi:

It is important for us to plan ahead and think about what our family is going to have for dinner. ~ The Table Experience

In this post I’m offering three wise tips  I’ve learned in providing meals for our family:

First: Have a plan

I found that grocery shopping was too expensive and haphazard if I shopped without a plan. I began by planning out a two-week menu, then started making out a monthly menu, alternating every 3 months.

I read cookbooks like novels, and found several recipes to try. Before laptops and phone apps, I’d write the meal name with the page number and name of cookbook beside it.  (Sample below) Even now that it is only the two of us, I still write out monthly menus with the meal recipe location.

Since I am forever clipping recipes out of magazines or printing out recipes I’ve googled, I keep the recipes I will use for the month in a pocket folder stored in the kitchen. (If you’re more organized and want to keep it in a binder with indexed tabs…bless your heart.)

Sample Menu

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wed. Thurs. Friday Saturday
Pot Roast






Dried Pintos



Chicken enchiladas

(recipe in folder)



Frittata (Pioneer Woman ckbk p. xx)

Fresh fruit


Pasta with


Sauce (Anita’s recipe)

Garlic Bread

Arugula Salad

Pizza (takeout)



Chicken pot pie Soup

(Cuisine Jan. 2015, p. 19)

Second: Make it plain

Plan a month’s menu.

Links to help you with this:

It helps me to have a themed menu idea for each day:

  1. Meatless Mondays or Kids Cook Mondays
  2. Taco Tuesdays (any Mexican dish)
  3. Wacky Wednesdays (Like breakfast for dinner)
  4. Italian Thursday
  5. Free Friday (Eat out or takeout)
  6. Sandwich and Salad/Soup Saturdays
  7. Scrumptious Sundays (Largest and most relaxed meal of the week)

Third: Make it simple

Grocery List template

Grocery shopping is not my favorite thing to do, and I got tired of having to write out a grocery list every time I had to shop.

I made a grocery list template, and print it out. It is hung on our refrigerator so when an item is needed, I circle, highlight or write it on the list. Since the template is saved to my laptop, it is easy to print out more copies when needed.

With our military commissary store in mind, I typed grocery items aisle by aisle. Yes, it took time to compile the list, but saving it as a template made it a timesaver.  If you’d like this template, please leave me a comment.

I am sure it can be downloaded onto my smartphone, but I’m not THAT tech savvy.

My grocery list has major categories such as

  • Produce
  • Canned
  • Baking
  • Snacks
  • Paper goods
  • Pet
  • Dairy
  • Meat
  • Frozen

This link  also offers a printable grocery list.

Wisdom says

Never grocery shop without first making a menu or when hungry!

Those who shopped between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. bought fewer low-calorie products compared with those who shopped between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (buying eight products versus 11 products).

Do you find this post helpful?

Join me next time for additional wise tips on this topic.

You are loved,



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