Once upon a time (five minutes) when I had one child, I prepared dinner during his (consistent, three-hour) afternoon nap (and cleaned the house and did the folding) then when Annabel came along, I got a lot more serious about meal planning. I found the most awesome web site:
I love this site...love, love, love. I have been trying to create something like it on my own for years, but I always over complicate things.
Here's the deal...you import/input your recipes. Drag and drop them into the calendar. Then they make you a shopping list. Brilliant! Through the help function you can get it to sync with your personal calendar of choice (don't ask me how...I just followed the help guide).
This month I did something I knew was in my future since I heard about a mother doing it when I was in high school. For some reason, I heard my mom talking with this woman and my heart grew tremulous. I knew someday I would have to make all my meals for a whole month and freeze them. I don't know why this made such an impression on me, but I knew I would have to try it. Someday. When I grew desperate.
I have grown desperate.
Only problem is it makes about a month's worth of mess in your kitchen!