I still can’t believe meal planning in just 3 easy steps. So I must confess I used to be one of those people who rolled their eyes at the thought of meal planning. I cooked at home sometimes, but I never had a plan and made daily trips to the grocery store.
The problem was I wasn’t willing to step out of my comfortable routine. Looking back it was a chaotic process of shopping for random foods yet never having key ingredients for meals to make at home. Finally I found a plan that was easy to follow.
This is how meal planning in just 3 easy steps is done.
- First, grab whatever you use for planning, (calendar, electronic document, or a piece of paper and pen). Label a section for each day of the week. Beside each day fill in the meals you will prepare for the week. (Tip: If you are just getting started, I recommend just planning 1 meal per day. Dinner is a good one to start with). Be sure to include a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Next, you will need to make a list of all the items you need to purchase to make the meals. This list will become your shopping list. Don’t forget to check your current supplies so you don’t buy what you already have in stock. At the end of the list add any seasoning and cooking oils that you like to use.
- Lastly, prep the meals for the week. Choose a day to prep for the entire week. The prep includes things like cooking, marinating, and chopping foods in advance. Basically you prepare as much of the meal as you can in advance. I know this can be a lot for one day BUT you will reap great benefits from meal prepping for the week. The added time you get back during the busy week is worth it.
So now you have the tools to meal planning in just 3 easy steps.
Here is an added bonus to following these steps.
By saving your notes from steps 1 and 2, you build a recyclable list to use every month and rotate as needed. Eventually the time needed for these steps is greatly reduced as you have built a template to just modify.
Meal planning has helped me and my family eat healthier, have more free time during the week, and save money along the way.
Looking for more ways to eating healthier, be sure to check out 5 Tips to start eating healthier.