There are a few things to do before you begin to meal plan. You have to be prepared. Now that is bad ass!!
Take a few moments before your busy week to take inventory of what you have in your freezer and fridge. This is also a good time to give the fridge a quick clean. 😉
Other things to take into consideration when meal planning:
- what needs used up? Are there items in your fridge that will soon perish? How can you incorporate those into your plan?
- everyone is over inundated with grocery store flyers. Take your favorite shopping place(s) weekly flyer and go get some deals! Why pay extra if you don’t have to?! Plan your meal around that sale item. Don’t forget about shopping on special savings days like 10% Tuesday. Also try to shop locally and experience our farmers markets to get the freshest and tastiest foods.
- look ahead at your week. Chances are you have some nights that are busier than others. For those busy days incorporate recipes that don’t require much cook time. Ie. Slow cooker, freezer meals or foods that you can prep. easily the night before.
- consider a big cook with a friend(s). Once a month I get together to make freezer meals. There are usually four of us that take turns hosting. We make about 8 meals in 3 hours! It’s a fun way to prep. meals for the upcoming month. (That’s 2 meals available per week if you need them.) It saves from the last minute panic on a busy evening and keeps us away from fast food!
- nutrition. Making a well rounded, nutritious meal plan with a variety of foods throughout the week keeps meal time interesting .
- leave space. Leave a day or two open for leftovers or nights that you have other plans or just want to be spontaneous. Over planning can set you up to waste food.
- take into account what produce is in season and catch some sweet deals
Baby steps my friend. We want you to be successful and know you can do it with a little know how and determination.
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