Neglecting to plan meals is a pitfall that many people fall into, me included. I don’t know how many times I have found myself trying to figure out what to make for dinner just as my husband is getting home from a long day’s work. I have the old processed food standby’s, just for days such as those. Yes, it is unhealthy, and it is not the option that I want to strive for. So… I’m going to try to do better, and you get to hold me accountable.
Meal planning is something that a lot of people blog about, and to be honest, I really haven’t delved into it too deeply.
How do you meal plan? I’d love to hear your comments on how you go about the process. Do you make a plan and then create a grocery list, or do you plan from what you already have in your freezer and pantry.
If you’re not a meal-planner, let’s start this goal together. (Follow me on Facebook, as I set my meal-planning goals.)
- Commit- Set a goal and keep it. Start with a two week commitment and see how you’re doing after that.
- Make a Game Plan- Are you going to recipe hunt and make a grocery list from that, or are you going to hunt for sales, maybe stockpile a little, and choose recipes based on the ingredients you have on hand?
- Keep it Simple- This rule applies to so many things in life. Make it a point to NOT over-complicate things. If you’ve never been a gourmet chef, don’t try to start now! Find simple recipes that are easy to follow and that your family will eat and enjoy. If you have picky eaters, you know what I’m talking about. I have certain foods that just don’t fly in my house… except maybe in my children’s imagination.
- Teamwork- Involve the family. Is making dinner a family affair? In our home, making dinner is normally a one-woman show, but involving the family in the planning and/or the prep work makes it more fun and makes sure that the meal-plan includes foods that will be eaten and enjoyed.
- Budget- Don’t forget to stick to your grocery budget. If you’re like a lot of people and you currently find yourself going to the grocery store several times a week because you haven’t planned your meals, you;ll likely find yourself saving money by meal planning.
Are you a meal-planning maven? How do you work your magic? If you have a meal plan idea you’d like to share, please leave a comment below so we can all learn on the go.
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