How I take the stress out of meal planning
Its’ 4:30 pm on a Wednesday, and you are dreading the one question that everyone dreads at that hour, “What’s for dinner?”
We‘ve all been there before, and we will probably all be there again in the future I want to let you in on some of my secrets to meal planning and dealing with that dreadful question.
Ok, so the first thing I want to share is my essential grocery list. When COVID hit, and we were forced to bulk buy at the grocery stores, I honestly had no idea what to buy. That 1st trip cost a lot, but I still felt like I didn’t have anything to make a meal. So I created an essentials grocery shopping checklist to avoid that problem in the future. Here is the list of all the items that I like to have in my pantry/fridge/freezer at all times. If these items are present, then I can always whip up a staple meal my family loves. I want to share my list with you so that you can get some ideas on how to create your own, but you can certainly take this and run with it.
The second thing I do to meal plan is to actually plan out my meals. I like to take Sunday afternoons and complete my meal plan. I review what items I have in my pantry/fridge/freezer and make a game plan from there. If there is something that my family is craving or a new recipe I want to try, I add that to our weekly grocery list. We have our staple meals that we eat often, but I love following a ton of food IG accounts for constant inspo. If I see a recipe that I love, I click the save button so I can refer it in the future. This has been a game-changer for me.
Lastly, I try my best to stick to the plan by looking at the meal of the day and taking out any frozen items that need to thaw out at the beginning of that day. It helps me make sure I don’t have any excuses.