Do you get tired of trying to come up with a quick dinner on busy nights or hitting the drive thru because you’re not sure what to make? Are you tired of wasting food because you don’t have a real plan of action when you go grocery shopping? Meal planning can make a huge difference in your life. Let’s take a closer look at meal planning.
The benefits of Meal Planning
There are so many benefits of meal planning. The first of which is simply having a plan of action for getting meals on the table each evening. When you plan meals based around what will be happening that week you’ll know that you need quick meals on the nights your kids have practice or a game and can spend more time in the kitchen on other nights. Another great benefit is the amount of money you’ll save. When you plan mea’s, you buy what you need. This also means that there’s less waste.
How to get started
One of the best ways to get started with meal planning is to simply see what you have on hand. Go through your freezer, fridge and pantry. Some fine it easier to place all the items on their counter or table to see everything they have. Once you see what you have on hand, you can plan meals to use up those items. Sit down and look over your planner and see what you have planned that week. This will let you know how many nights you need something quick, nights you might be eating out, etc. Once you know how many meals you need and what your schedule is like, base meals on your schedule and items you have. You can then make a list for any other items you need. Each week, do the process over again.
Why the family needs to be involved
Meal planning should always be a family affair. You want to make sure your family is included so that everyone feels they are getting meals they enjoy. For example, your son may want pizza one night, your daughter many want wraps another night and your husband may want quesadillas. When everyone is involved, your meal plan is more likely to work.
Meal planning is something that can save you time and money. Best of all, it’s easier to do than you might think.