Meal Planning 101

 

Meal planning sounds like a chore doesn’t it? Is it really necessary? Yes and Yes! Could you imagine cooking meals about 4 or 5 times a week? Getting the kids ready for school, doing homework, bedtime routines and all that? How about mommy time?  And you still have to make breakfast lunch and dinner? No way! Meal prepping and planning allows us to free up some time during the week to tend to our other demands. But I believe that you can easily master the art of meal planning and you will.

What do you want to eat?

Take a moment at the end of your week to figure out what meals you want to eat for the following week. What does your budget look like? Write down what you would like to eat and don’t forget breakfast and lunch. Now that you’ve figured that out, let’s move on to the next step,

Inventory Check

Check the fridge and the pantry to see what you already have. You don’t want to buy doubles or create waste.  Next, make your list of ingredients and whatever you need before your trip to the grocery store. Take some time to look up coupons and sales. It will be worth it. Use grocery apps like Flipp to jot down your list and it finds sales and coupons for you.

Now Cook

Choose one day at the beginning of the week to cook in bulk. Sunday evenings are quite popular. Standard meal planning rules don’t apply to everyone and shouldn’t. By Wednesday aren’t we all a little tired of dried chicken breast with brown rice?  So all though the brown rice would last a few days.Try prepping about two or three different meats for the week that are seasoned differently. Although some people may prefer to cook it all on Sunday. Others prefer to season it and throw it in the freezer. When you are ready, defrost it and put it in the oven for dinner and the leftovers for lunch.  Breakfast is an important meal of the day, so try not to forget about it. Boil a few hard-boiled eggs at the beginning of the week or make egg muffins and put whatever you’d like in them. Or make some pancakes freeze them and throw them in your toaster oven in the morning.   

There are truly some great benefits to meal planning. And the first one is, it’s healthier!  Knowing exactly what you are eating will definitely aid in your healthy living and weight loss goals. Secondly, you are saving lot’s of money when you cook and eat at home.  Lastly, don’t do all the cooking alone. Have the kids join in and wash the fruits, and get your hubby dicing veggies on the cutting board.  The best memories happen in the kitchen.

So jump start your meal prepping by downloading our Winter Grocery list! Don't forget to tell us what you plan to cook next week.