Make a list of meals your family likes to eat and you like to cook and make your menu using that list.
Subscribe to one of the menu planning services or look at one of the blogs with meal plan samples.
Don’t plan too many labor intensive dishes for one meal.
Make it easy sometimes – frozen pizza.
If you have time and the desire to cook from scratch, that’s great. If you don’t, instead of opting for fast food or straight up processed food, use the semi-homemade idea and use some convenience foods to speed up and simplify the process.
Plan your meals based on your schedule.
Make a list of everything you need. Nothing’s more frustrating than getting ready to prepare a recipe and not having what you need.
Plan one meal each day. Instead of planning a week’s worth of meals at one time, plan one meal each day. I like to do it that way sometimes. I tend to be more creative and I’m more willing to look through magazines or on-line for new recipes.
Plan one month at a time. If you really don’t like planning meals, do it once for the whole month. If you do that a couple of months, you can save your plan and rotate it.
Save your menus. If you have a week where you don’t feel like planning or don’t have time, re-use one you’ve used before.
Get input from your family.