Meal planning can be a daunting task, especially if you’re new at it. I’m by no means an expert in it, but I do know what works for me. Here are some of my tips for meal planning.
- Shop your pantry first. See what you already have on hand to plan meals with. Plan what you can with it, and then start filling in the gaps.
- Pinterest is your friend. If you haven’t already, sign up for Pinterest. There are so many recipes to choose from you could probably go the whole year and never repeat a recipe.
- Choose recipes with foods and ingredients you already use and keep on hand. Not only does this reduce the stress of meal planning, it’s money saving too. The more new ingredients you need to buy, the higher your grocery bill will be. Keep it limited to the things you already use. Though I admit, I do like trying new things, so I’ll look for recipes that have only 1 or 2 ingredients I don’t normally use. Sometimes I like the new ingredients enough to make it/them a regular.
- Keep a binder with your favorite recipes. Keep your favorite recipes in a binder and before long, meal planning will be as simple as choosing what recipes you want to use.
- Don’t stress! If it’s too overwhelming to plan 1 month at time for you, do 1 or 2 weeks instead and work up from there. Or maybe you only have the time to plan 1 or 2 weeks. Great! Don’t stress over it. Meal planning is so helpful, but not if it causes you stress.
I’m always looking for new ways to improve my meal planning. If you have a tip, I’d love to see it. Leave a comment for me below.
I came across an awesome idea/tip for cleaning fan blades a couple days ago. I tried it and it worked well. I’ll definitely use this again. Check it out . . .
Photo Courtesy of Snippets of my Family, Faith, & Crafting
I really hate cutting veggies when it’s time to cook. It makes the whole process seem longer and I find less enjoyment from cooking, which I love to do. My solution? I prep the veggies during the day after lunch or when the kids don’t require attention (nap or playing). I could prep all my veggies at the beginning of the week like many do, but I like to leave my produce whole until I need it. That works for me being a SAHM. If you are a working mom you can make it a family affair and have the kids help wash, dry, you cut, and they bag the veggies, or if you don’t have children at all, you can prep the night before. Or consider using a couple hours over the weekend to prep your veggies and other ingredients for your meals during the week.
Find what works for you and your family. Saving some time gives you more time to spend with your family. Who can beat that?
Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. There’s been alot going on, sickness, a trip out of town, etc. I’m hoping to return to normal now that things have settled down 🙂
As a side note, if anyone who reads this blog has any idea’s for improvement, tips, etc, I’m always open to suggestions. Have a great weekend!
I forget how I learned about Freecycle. But it’s been an invaluable tool for me when money has been particularly tight. What is it? It’s a non profit recycling group. The goal is to take what we don’t need/want and offer it to members of our community. Just go to Freecycle and search for the group in your town or area.
Sometimes it seems like we don’t have enough time in the day. With some simple planning we can save ourselves a few extra precious minutes to spend with our families. Here’s few thing I try to do to save myself some time . . . .
1. Before a day trip, I take care of I can the night before. Then finish the last minutes details before we leave.
2. I always have my diaper bag ready to go. If family or friends needs immediate help, I can pick it up and go.
2. I plan my shopping routes carefully. If I’m going from one to another clear across town, and then to another clear across from there, I’m wasting time, and gas, which is essentially wasting money.
3. If I’m grocery shopping, and will be buying refrigerated items at more than one place, I take a portable ice chest and some cooling packs. I save time by not needing to go home between stores.