Do you have the type of family that enjoys repeat recipes every one or two weeks? Or is your family like mine and need a six month rotation? My family is high maintenance!! Not only do they not want to repeat a protein in a week, but if I make the same item more than once a quarter, I have a rebellion on my hands.
No matter which side of the spectrum your family falls, it is important to keep records of the meals that your family enjoys. Doing so will allow you to understand preferences and trends. You may find, for example, that chicken can be served multiple times a week if the preparations are diverse.
I recommend keeping a little diary in your kitchen. At the end of each day, jot down what your family ate that day. You do not have to give great detail. Add little notes of things that work for your family and others that do not. An example would be:
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Breakfast – waffles, bacon and fruit – kids prefer sausage
Lunches – kids ate at school and mom and dad at work
Dinner – tacos made with turkey meat – kids loved
Friday, January 2, 2015
Breakfast – breakfast burritos
Lunch – kids ate at school and mom and dad at work
Dinner – pizza delivered – too difficult because everyone wants something different
I also keep all the recipes that I use, if I do indeed use a recipe, in a binder so that I could refer back to meals I have made in the past. I write all over the recipes with changes that I made and how the family liked it or not. If they did not, I actually get rid of the recipe so that I do not make it again.
After a few months, you will not only have a little custom cookbook just for your family, but also you will realize what your family really loves and what is not worth making.