Meal Plan It!
I used to cringe every time I heard an influencer holler – You Gotta do Meal Prep!
What came to mind are those Survival Preppers. Stocking piling food, supplies, etc. I was like, are you kidding me? I do not have time for that!
I was WRONG!
Actually, I was just thinking about it the wrong way. Meal Prepping doesn’t mean you have to make 12,000 salads or stews and freeze them all. Who has the space for all that? And what happens if the power goes out for a few days. That's a lot of wasted time, money and energy! Don't get me wrong, if you do have the space and prepping for a months worth of food is your game. Own it! More power to you! It is more of just shifting the mindset to be what do I need now and in the next week so we have it ready to grab and go.
What I recommend is actually going through your cookbook, identifying 5-6 of your favorite healthy entrees, 2-3 of your favorite side dishes.
Most families rotate meals.
Yes, there is a bit of variety, but having a routine of Taco Tuesdays, Pizza Thursdays really takes the load off.
If your family is anything like mine, there is a WIDE variety of tastes, likes, dislikes, allergies, and complete aversions. It can make you feel like you are a line-order cook, and who really has time for that! And it is quite wasteful making multiple meals like that.
So what’s the answer? Meal Planning.
Planning out meals for the week that works for your schedule. If you have soccer / football practice after school and maybe games to attend, doing Stuffed Chicken Tar Tar won’t work. But having Pizza night on that night, allows for spouse to order it for you or you can even make it at home with just turning on the oven when you walk in and pulling them from the freezer.
But planning out exactly what you want to cook, on what days, does multiple things.
● Organizes you! It gives you a overview of what ingredients you need to have on hand and when you need to shop for them.
● Start the dinner in the morning – OMG Instant Pot / Crockpot is your BFF! Or just not having to remember to take the frozen meat out of the freezer is such a relief!
● Saves Money and Time: No more last-minute freak out at 5pm and nothing is there to make! Saves money in that you aren’t throwing out spoiled food you didn’t end up using!
● Healthier Option: Prepping ahead if time allows you to make better food options which improves the health of what you eat.
Ready to start planning?
Let’s get those menus put together! Here is a meal planning worksheet just for you!