When I told my mother I was going to write about menu planning she strongly cautioned me against telling people to prepare 7 home cooked dinners a week. Most menu planning sources make people feel kind of bad for not cooking at home each night. Well, I love to eat out too, even if it's just a quick sandwich from Panera, so I totally agree with my mom. I tried to keep as much flexibility in this How to Menu Plan Guide as possible. Let me know what you think.