I've never been an organized menu-planner. I used to stroll through the grocery store and pick out things that I think I might want to make, and then decide each afternoon what to make for dinner.
That just doesn't work with a baby in the house. Often times Mr K does the grocery shopping now, so I need to make him a list. In addition, Josef is often getting a little fussy by late afternoon and he just doesn't do well with having to sit while I make supper and then sit through supper too.
I found this great tablet at Half Price Books a few weeks ago and decided to put it to use.
I love this! By planning out the next week I can make a grocery list so that I will have exactly what I need for the next week, eliminating trips to the market for one needed ingredient and reducing waste from things not used. Because I have a plan, I know ahead of time what to take out of the freezer (we buy our meat bulk from a local butcher shop once or twice a year, so this is not included in the grocery list). Since this a tablet and not a part of a weekly planner, I can tear of the page and stick it on the fridge.
I have also been doing as much meal prep as I can in the morning, so we have a quiet and happy baby during dinnertime. Crock pot meals and make ahead-recipes (like the hot dish and manicotti) are great.