Meal Planning Made Easy

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Elizabeth of Water Rolls Uphill is a homeschooling mom of three, and she blogs about schooling, DIY adventures, and her efforts to improve herself by learning new skills.  With extracurricular activities for two school aged children thrown into the mix, she has worked hard to find a meal planning strategy that works without a lot of effort and avoids the drive thru.  Read on to find out more about how you can successfully meal plan like this busy mom.

Meal Planning Made Easy For Busy People

Over the years I have attempted and failed at meal planning, in part,
because I tried to accomplish too much, too fast.  Going from zero meal
planning to meal planning for a month isn’t likely to succeed.  I take it a week at a time, because we eat a lot of fresh produce and it isn’t overwhelming to plan for one week.

Simple and easy steps for successful meal planning:

  1. Write down your tried and true favorites.
  2. Limit yourself to one new recipe a week, at first.
  3. Scour your pantry, fridge and freezer for items that are in desperate need of being used.
  4. Make a meal plan for one week.  This can include breakfasts,
    lunches, and dinners if you are so inclined.  Double check your calendar
    so that you aren’t planning very involved meals for nights when know
    that you will be rushed – hint, crock pot dinners are great for nights
    like that!
  5. Make your grocery list.
  6. Do what prep work you can in
    advance.  For example, make notes about what needs to be thawed and by
    when, or if you’re using a lot of fresh vegetables simplify things by
    chopping them in one big batch and storing them in the fridge until
    needed.
  7. Set aside one evening where dinner is either a fridge clean out night aka Fend-For-Yourself, or you eat out.

Comments

Meal Planning Made Easy — 6 Comments

  1. I do this too except make it enough for every two weeks. Leave one day out for going to dinner or take out. Saves us tons of money. The only thing I have a little trouble with is snacking! lol gets me everytime!

  2. It can be a real hassle to cook when your busy thats why so many people eat fast food. They don’t realize it’s cheaper and quicker to make meals at home. I cook every night and it only takes 30 minutes and its quick clean up also. Much healthier. Maybe people will see how easy with the tips you provided!

  3. With one homeschooled child and one toddler sometimes (most of the time) time get’s away from me. Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a haze of what the heck to prepare for supper. Partially I think it’s having to think about what we have that is gluten free that I can prepare so my DD1 doesn’t break out in itchy rash, poor thing. It’s had me depressed and uninspired in the kitchen. But I’m getting my groove back, I hope, and these tips are very handy.
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