Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net
I think I found my meal planning solution.
Many people do themes to help with meal planning - Monday might be 'Meatless Monday' or Friday might be pizza, or Wednesday might be Italian. I used to do that, but it takes a lot of time and creativity for me to match those themes each week.
However, I did find a different way to use themes that is incredibly helpful. I use 'main meat' themes.