14 Meal Planning Tips {Plus Meal Planning Service!}

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Meal Planning Tips!

First of all, what exactly is Meal Planning anyway? It is whatever way you organize yourself to cook a meal – the plan you make before you shop. Meal planning is a personal thing though because something that works for me might not work for you.

The goal is to find a process that is enjoyable and effective for YOU!

So here are some tips and tricks that might help you out…

  • Schedule time each week to make your plan – block it out on your calendar
  • Look at your schedule and decide how many meals you need to plan – some meals will yield leftovers, so you can plan less meals (Yay leftovers!), or you may have dinner plans with other people or other activities some nights
  • Estimate how much time will you have to prepare the meal and choose recipes that fit in your schedule – slow cooker, Instant Pot, 30-minute skillet meals, meals that take an hour to cook, etc
  • Check the weather – it can put you in the mood for certain foods, if it is going to be a rainy week you might want to plan for soup one night, if it will be warm you might want to grill something, and so on
  • Think about the ingredients you have in your home that need to be used and choose recipes accordingly – don’t let your food go to waste
  • Check your local grocery store ad for sales – you may want to plan some meals according to which ingredients are on sale at the time
  • Try to overlap ingredients – choosing recipes for the week with some of the same ingredients will minimize how many things you need to buy
  • Make the first meal of the week, the most simple meal – start things off nice and easy for yourself so you will have a better chance of keeping the motivation going all week long
  • Assign a theme to each day of the week (i.e. breakfast for dinner, salad night, Mexican night) – this can make choosing the recipes for your week a lot easier and faster
  • Create a master recipe list with the meals you love – having a go-to list of tried and true recipes can save a lot of time
  • Prepare ingredients in bulk that you know you will use – cook and season ground beef and/or chicken and freeze or refrigerate it for future use, chop veggies in advance, meal prep things that you can do in advance and know you will use in future meals
  • Prepare the meal in advance – with some recipes (freezer meals!) you can make double (or more), then freeze the portion that you don’t use that night and save it for next week or next month
  • Try new recipes 1 to 2 times each month – adding new recipes to your meal plan can be fun, but you don’t want to get too overwhelmed
  • Have a quick, easy backup plan in case something goes awry with your plan one night – keep a freezer meal on hand and/or have a meal idea that involves pantry staples and doesn’t take long to prepare

Easy Meal Planning for Healthy, Happy Families!

There’s a Meal Planning Membership that I’m trying out and now is the best time to check it out because it is on sale! Holla! See if it is a good fit for you!

It is an organized system for fast, healthy, and fresh meals! This new program from our friends over at Meal Planning gives you all the tools you need to get motivated and stay organized!

Motivation is one of the hardest parts for me! I know a bunch of tips and methods, but getting myself to actually do it can be a whole other issue. 😉 I love that the meal plans are created by a dietitian to get the best balanced nutrition for your entire family, including the picky ones.

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Why this membership is awesome:

  • Printable recipes and shopping list
  • New meal plans each week
  • Mobile friendly
  • Personal recipe box to save favorite recipes
  • Created by an expert dietitian
  • Seasonal fruits and veggies in every meal
  • Nutrition information for every recipe
  • Recipes created with kids in mind
  • Meal plans for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner
  • Customize by removing or replacing meals
  • Automated mobile friendly shopping list
  • Video support – weekly demonstration for faster prep time
  • Access to previous meal plans
  • Includes 6-part video training course – learn to meal plan in under 10 minutes per week and more
  • 30+ printables to help you get organized in the kitchen and save time

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This is their biggest sale, so now is the time to check it out! Sign up before January 31st, 2017!

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