Planning and preparing for your weekly meals and the people you are feeding may feel like a chore. But here’s the fact: A meal plan will help you eat healthier, save time and better spend your money. Making meal planning a part of your weekly routine will help change your lifestyle for the better. Here are some tips to get you started on organizing your weekly meals.
- Decide who you will be feeding and which meals you want to prepare, whether it’s breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. Will you be planning meals for the entire week or weekdays only?
- Go through your paper and online cookbooks. Tab any meal ideas that sound good to you and whoever you’re feeding.
- Print off the recipes or scan them from your cookbook. Place the recipes in a folder so they can be rotated regularly.
- Create a list for all the ingredients, cooking utensils and pans you’ll need.
- Figure out the amount of time it will take to make the meals and what you have going on that night such as a meeting or sports activity.
- Go into your pantry, fridge and freezer, and see what items you already have. Make sure to check for expiration dates and the quantity you have of each item.
- Create a grocery list with the items you need. Categorize the list to ensure time spent in the grocery store is maximized. Sort items by their store, or what items are placed in the same isle.
- Plan a day to buy all the items. Consider perishable items that may need to be bought the day of such as fruits and vegetables.
- Write or post the weekly menu in a common place so that all those who will be using it will be able to see it.
- Remember it’s okay to be flexible with your menu plan. If something comes up or you don’t feel like the meal, switch it to a different date.
Taking your meal planning step by step will make it feel like a breeze while saving you time and money. When the stress of worrying about which meal to make is gone you will be able to enjoy more time with family and friends. So take the time and effort required to prepare an effective meal plan. You’ll be glad you did!
This post was written by Olivia Waddell at Custom Garage Storage Solutions. Olivia enjoys being in the outdoors, dreaming about her future pug family, and spending time with her husband.