I’m sure you guys have been missing my Meal Planning posts! I’ve loosely been sticking to my family’s meal plans but lately, life for this mama has been incredibly hectic. I’ve also been focusing on really committing to meal prepping our meals during the day, and planning out our nightly dinner meals. It’s been trial and error, but I’ve been going strong for 2 weeks now, and I really think it will be easier for us long term. My husband comes home starving and ready for lunch, so it’s been the best thing having home cooked meals that he can just heat up and eat.
Now, outside of that, if you happen to have been following my blog for a while, you know that I love meal planning for my family of 5. It’s been one of the most beneficial things that I’ve started doing to stay in budget when it comes to groceries. I check in weekly to break down my weekly meal plan, and explain my thought process in planning and scheduling things how I do. If you’re interested in getting started, check out my blog post HERE on how to start meal planning. It’s a great read, really easy explanations, and full of really great tips.
I meal plan on Wednesdays because I like to check out what’s on sale at my local grocery stores. If I lost you just now, no worries I’ll explain. The average grocery store prints their new sales ads every Wednesday. They normally come in the newspaper if you get one, but you can also check them out online if they have an official website. If you’re a couponer, even better! You should already know the importance of matching your coupons with weekly sales to maximize your savings. I do my plans from Monday to Sunday for the following week, just for schedule purposes. I normally grocery shop on Thursday or Friday every week.
I normally plan out breakfast meals for my kids, a various list of lunch options, and our family meals, but as of late I loosely plan for various breakfast options for my kids, a meal prep menu for lunch, and I do a full meal plan for family dinners.
This week I’ve planned the following
Monday: Cesar Kale Pasta Salad
Tuesday: Wings, Asparagus and Roasted Potatoes
Wednesday: Salisbury Steak, Asparagus,
Thursday: Grilled Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Salad
Friday: Taco Salad
Saturday: Mongolian Beef and Brown Rice
Sunday: Shrimp Fried Rice
An important reason to meal plan is so you’re wasting less. Less food, less money, less time. In my Meal Planning 101 article, I explain the importance of using leftovers, sides, and extra condiments in other dishes throughout the week. I’ll be using Tuesday’s leftover asparagus in my Wednesday meal. My Thursday meal will also use potatoes like my Tuesday meal, because I hate not making it through a bag of potatoes. I plan to make Wednesday’s Salisbury steak with ground turkey vs ground beef, and I’ll also use ground turkey in Friday’s meal of taco salad. Last but not least, I plan to male extra brown rice on Saturday so it’s already cooked and cooled for my fried rice on Sunday.
Meal planning doesn’t have to be as complicated as you would think. Spending 30 minutes to an hour worth of your time, can save you lots of time (and money) over the course of your week. So why not start? Save yourself some much needed time, and money and start planning.