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Meal planning is all the rage now days.
It has completely changed my life. It helps in so many different ways. When i first started doing it, I was nervous, lost, not sure what to do. The idea of meal planning was over whelming, i thought i couldn’t do it.
But after some time, i found my own way of doing it and i want to share some of those ideas with you.
Below are my 5 little tips and tricks to help you with your meal planning.
Schedule time to do it
Pick one day a week to get it done. It doesn’t matter what day of the week. Just pick a day that works for you.
And don’t forget to write it in your planner. If you need a few more ideas on how to get going with a planner, check out THIS article for a few tips.
I like to do my meal planning every Sunday. Then i can get the shopping done, prep as necessary and all the meals are good to go for the busy week ahead.
Keep it simple
You do not have to plan those golden five star meals. Honestly, the kids probably won’t eat it anyways. There is nothing wrong with Mac and Cheese Mondays.
If you have practices and activities until 8 pm on Thursday, plan to pick up a pizza.
We have a few regular go-to meals that we make a couple times a month because they are favorites. Things like spaghetti, meat loaf, and taco Tuesdays.
If there’s nothing going on one night, go all out for supper. As long as that’s what your heart desires.
You have to do what works for you and your family. Don’t get yourself over whelmed with meal planning. Which brings me to my next point:
Don’t stress about it
The point of weekly meal planning is to help you be the best super mom that you can be.
Who wants to do things they don’t enjoy doing?
If you get your panties in a bunch about meal planning, chances are you won’t continue to do it.
Keep it simple, don’t stress about it. Just do the best you can do.
If you can only plan suppers for the week, thats ok.
If one of the nightly meal plans fall through, thats ok, too. After all, no body is perfect.
Get the whole family involved
Every one in the fam will be eating these suppers, so why not get them involved??
Ask every one what they want. It will save you a lot of stress and cut down the time it takes to plan.
They might even help you cook the suppers and do the lunch prepping!
We love coming together on sundays to get the week all planned. When every one is involved in the planning. It helps keep every one on track.
Write it down
And put it somewhere every one can see it!
You can write it in your planner, stratch sheet of paper, envelope, i don’t care. Just write it down
Here is a free download of my meal plan work sheet. It has brackets for the meals and an area to write down the groceries needed for the meals.
If you feel like getting fancy with it, slap one of Magnetic Dry Erase Menu Board for Fridge: with Bright Neon Chalk Markers – 16×12" – Weekly Meal Planner Blackboard and Grocery List Notepad for Kitchen Refrigerator – Whiteboard Chalkboard Magnet” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>these one the fridge.
The kiddos love to write down the plan with the fun neon colors and then you rarely have to hear the dreaded question
“Mom! Whats for supper!?!?”
I want to here from you guys! How do you survive meal planning?
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‘Till next time,