Meal planning is one of the ways I have found to minimize stress on the homefront. It has proved to be an absolute necessity in my life. And that was true when I worked outside the home, but even with being home it is necessary.
I swear I am always trying to find balance like it's gone make me rich. There's an ebb and flow to it. Where sometimes I feel balanced and others I feel totally out of whack.
Meal planning helps me be on the side of the scales aligning.
I have a family of five and they love to eat.
Part of it is because I conditioned them that way. The other part is cause they are just greedy.
But if you follow me on Instagram, you have seen me post my weekly meal plans.
I have gotten a lot of questions in my inbox about it. Wanting to know why? how? Sometimes can I just bring my family over? Lol.
So I'll answer those questions here.
Meal Planning: How and Why
Why I Meal Plan
Let me clear, I don't meal plan cause I like to.
I actually do it cause sometimes I'm lazy and if I don't have a plan, dinner will be courtesy of take out. And truthfully, it makes my life easier. And I am all for anything that makes my life even the slightest bit easier.
When I worked full time, I use to shop for the month, and then cook for the whole week on Sundays. That way I would only have to hit the store once per week for things like milk and those things that would expire quickly.
Now I actually shop every 7-10 days.
You have to do what works for you.
How I Meal Plan
I cook enough on Sunday for leftovers on Monday. So Sunday dinner recipes I usually double.
Monday's are hard enough. Who wants extra tasks? I prefer to ease into it. LolMeal planning helps you not have 'the Mondays'....Click To Tweet
Tuesday is Taco Tuesday. I normally find some sort of simple yummy taco recipe or just make plain ole tacos, turkey of course.
Wednesday and Thursday are whatever I make it to be. I always try for a meat and vegetable or sometimes a meatless meal. Anything extra (like carbs) is a bonus.
When I was ballin working a 9 to 5, I didn't cook on Fridays or Saturdays. I felt like, I work all week and they give me weekends off, and so will the people I feed, dagonit.
But now since I'm home, I normally make a quick meal on Fridays. Burgers, sliders, pizza – something with minimum effort, maximum yum. Because it's five of us and no matter where we go it's gonna be at least forty bucks, we stepped down to only buying out one day a week.
The kitchen is closed. Ya heard me?
3 Steps To Stress Free Meal Planning
Make Menu Selections
I start with thinking about Sunday since it has to be something I can double easily for Monday.
Then I check Pinterest for recipe inspiration to see what kind of tacos we having for Taco Tuesday and any days I don't have a plan.
Write the plan
I sit down and write it all out, and then I check to see what ingredients I don't have on hand already.
Then, I write out my shopping list, making sure I include all of the ingredients I will need for the week. Making sure to also include the regular items like bread, milk, eggs, snacks, etc.
Hit the aisles
I have a method for how I shop to maximize savings on groceries that I will share later. I head to the store and get what is needed so that I am prepared for the week.3 simple steps to meal plan effectively...Click To Tweet
Meal planning makes it easier to eat healthier, save on trips to the store, and also keep within the budget because we are not grabbing food on the fly or eating out for lack of preparation. In my book that is winning all the way around!
I have included a printable meal planning sheet and shopping list. If you'd like, you can print them, laminate them and use a dry erase marker on them weekly. If you fancy you can put magnets on the back and stick it on the fridge too!
Hope this helps you get that whole balance thing down. Or at least start.