Meal Planning 101
Meal planning is completely new to me in the past couple years, so I definitely still consider myself a beginner. We would fly by the seat of our pants a lot when it came to what we ate, even though we cook almost every meal at home (due to our allergens). Now more than ever, having a plan for what I am cooking gives me more structure and a sense of peace during my chaotic days as a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom).
I still don’t typically have a plan for breakfast or lunch, but we have our go-to meals readily available. For dinner, I like to have a plan, it really gives me less stress during the day and I’m able to cook much more quickly when I have already prepared to make a certain meal.
I try new recipes all the time and if we like them I print them out and add them to a binder. Now I have a growing stash of recipes our family loves!
A few simple steps I take in meal planning, on good weeks, when I'm on top of things....
On the weekend, I choose our dinners for the week, usually only 5 because we always have leftovers or eat out.
Create a grocery list to be sure I have all the ingredients I need on hand.
Write out all the dinners on the white-board I have on my fridge, so I don’t forget what I planned to make.
Decide which recipe I’m making what days, then be sure I have ingredients prepped the night before if need be.
Plan at least 2 crockpot meals a week, this really simplifies those busy days.