Day 7 :: Menu Planning

We’re taking a break from simplifying in the master today and are going to work on a meal plan. Sundays are the beginning of the week and a great time to start implementing changes, such as getting into the habit of meal planning.

Day 7 Project : Create a meal plan.

Meal planning saves time, money and prevents stress.

I’ve had times where I meal planned faithfully (in fact, before children I loved meal planning each week) and there have been times when I’ve gone months without meal planning, which led to a lot of stress about what my family was eating. I definitely prefer the organization and simplicity that comes with a meal plan.

A few months ago, I finally sat down and created a two week meal plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu for week one and week two are different but we repeat the same plan every two weeks.  It sounds boring but the reality is we were eating the same or simliar foods every week or two anyway. This plan has kept meal and food preparation super simple, I just follow the plan which makes meal times a little less stressful (preparing the foods with little ones underfoot and feeding the little ones is still stressful but at least I’m not stressed about what I am preparing!)

If you’re in the routine of meal planning, today’s project should be simple for you.

If you’ve not been meal planning, sit down and draft a meal plan. It could be as simple as writing out a list of 10 of your family’s favorite meals, creating a detailed plan for a week or drafting your own two week meal plan to repeat (so you don’t have to make time to meal plan weekly!)

If you have any meal planning tips or resources, please share!

responses to “Day 7 :: Menu Planning” 4

  1. I do have one. I planned my meals out in 6 weeks cycles (I don't have kids yet) but my husband and I found ourselves eating the same things over and over again. So I made a meals Google calendar and pasted the recipes in there too. That way when I am in the corner shop just getting the few bits, I have it all in one place. Its also easier to swap things that are better made on another night due to our commitments. This then helps me with the weekly shop 🙂

  2. Since we work opposite shifts M-F and usually have somewhere to be at least one of the weekend days meal planning has never worked out successfully for us for one reason or another. I got to thinking though, I can plan my lunches at work! I get up at 2:50 a.m. and I can attest to the fact that some mornings I just can't figure out what to bring for lunch – my brain isn't always functioning top notch that early 😉 Having lunches for the week planned out would make things so much easier! I am going to give it a shot and see the difference it makes!

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