Try It Thursday: Meal Planning Tipsby on October 6th, 2017
From personal experience, on the weeks that I have a meal plan (and follow it)…I save time and money. When I first started meal planning, I’d get lost. Every meal plan I saw was super detailed and frankly was just too difficult for me to attempt to implement into our family schedule. The method I found that works best is my family calendar. On Sunday afternoons, I sit down with our family calendar. I review the upcoming week’s events, paying special attention to days that are heavy with meetings and/or have evening activities. I then take a look at what’s in our freezer, refrigerator, and pantry. Based on the day activities, I start planning on meals. Nothing fancy…here’s an example of our meals for the last week:
Sunday: Grill Out Sirloin Stk and baby potatoes in the Instant Pot (Make extra potatoes)
Monday: Grilled Chicken Breast (Make extra for lunches)
Tuesday: BLT’s, add a chicken breast for extra protein.
Wednesday: Hamburgers on grill
Thursday: Dice Potatoes from Sunday, add to 7 eggs (scrambled), 3 slices of bacon (left from Tuesday evening), 1/2 cup almond milk (or real milk), 1/2 cup low fat shredded cheese, seasonings to taste. Mix all together and bake in oven at 35o for 30 min.
Friday: Pizza Night (Naan Bread, pizza sauce, toppings)
Saturday: Salmon on Grill
When time permits, I add a new recipe every other week.
Here are a few other tips for Meal Planning:
- Create a list of family favorite recipes
- Create a list of 15 minute or less recipes (Instant Pot is awesome for this.)
- Consider theme nights like Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Fish Friday
- Choose a day to do your meal planning and a day to do your grocery shopping
- Ideally, it would be nice to plan your meals around what’s on sale
- Try to cook once, use twice. Prepare meals that have leftovers.
- When starting out, keep it simple.
How about you? Do you meal plan? If so, what are some of your tips?