As we head into the new year many of us can use a a reminder of what goes into meal planning. Whether you are starting for the first time or have taken a break from it for the holiday’s it never hurts to see some basics written down. Meal planning can be super easy for everyone to do. The biggest tip to remember with meal planning is to not get carried away and that you have to find what works for your family.
I must confess to not being the best of meal planners myself but I am learning and seeing a huge difference. My biggest problem is using the stockpile to create meals and not feeling tempted to run to the store. I can do it, I can do it!! Here’s the Meal Planning Mommies Steps.
Steps to Becoming a Meal Planner
Step 1: Create your menu
It is up to you whether you create a menu for only 1 meal a day or you plan all 3 meals.Do what works best for your family!
Here is an example of a 1 week dinner meal plan created by Alisha @ meal planning mommies:
Monday: Creepy Crawly Tuna Sandwiches
Wednesday: Country Bob’s Burgers
Thursday: Hash brown Quiche
Friday: Split Pea Soup
Saturday: Ham and Cheese Tortillas
Sunday: Mexican Tortilla Skillet
Step 2: Create your Grocery List
You probably have an on going grocery list tacked to your fridge or in your purse. If not, feel free to download the free grocery list we mentioned earlier from meal planning mommies. As you meal plan, you can circle the items that you need for your upcoming meals onto the list. This will help you stay focused at the grocery store and be more aware of what you actually do have hiding in your pantry that could be used for meals this week.
Step 3: Implement your Meal Plan
You will have a day this week when your meal plan may not fit into your schedule or you just don’t feel like cooking what is on your plan for dinner that night. Be flexible, but don’t go out and spend more $. Switch your days up and use a meal from a different day or cook a meal you have in the freezer.
Forget something at the grocery store? It’s okay to substitute! Every cook has those moments when they start a recipe only to find that they do not have one major ingredient that they need to bring the whole recipe together. Don’t you hate that? Here is a list of ingredients and some of their substitutes so you can finish a meal even if you are missing an ingredient. Feel free to print one off or save it to your files. Who knows, you might surprise yourself and make a delightful change to the recipe you never would have come up with otherwise!
Step 4: Love your Meal Plan
Enjoy the stress free dinner hour eating dinner with your family. Love that you are saving money in your budget because you are buying only what you need. Be proud that your family is eating healthier due to your planning. You are a meal planning mommy!
Thanks to the girls over at Meal Planning Mommies for all their help. It’s been a TON Of fun!
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