Meal planning doesn't have to be take forever and be complicated (unless you want it to 🤷🏻♀️). Earlier in the week I showed you this week's menu, created in about 60 seconds using my handy go-to meal list. My usual meal planning method takes a little bit longer....but not much⏲
-Check my calendar. This tells me what I have going on this week, who will be home for dinner on a given night, what time I'll be in the car for carpool....basically who I'm cooking for and how long I'll have to cook.
-Check my fridge. What food do I already have and need to cook before it spoils? What leftovers are we still working on? Can I repurpose anything?
-Check my cookbooks, favorite recipe sites, and go-to meal list for inspiration. This is where you can spend 30 seconds or 30 minutes---I usually take about 5-10 minutes here.
-Pencil meals into my calendar, both main dishes and sides. Pencil because I don't like feeling locked into a recipe.....ex: I might decide I don't want tacos on Tuesday and swap it with the spaghetti planned for Thursday.
That's it....it can take 60 seconds, or it can take 60 minutes, totally your call, though I'm pretty sure most of us don't have an hour to spend on meal planning every week! Once you have a plan you can make your grocery list and get shopping. And once you have all the ingredients you can move things around if you need to (see #4
Of course there's other ways to plan: some people plan a month at a time, others plan breakfast, lunch and dinner, and many use a template that's easy to fill in each week (meatless Monday, taco Tuesday, crockpot Wednesday, etc).
Do what works for you.....the most important thing is to do it! Do you menu plan? What's your process?
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