Happy Friday (or Thursday if you’re reading this super promptly)! Remember that Mar, Cynthia and I have switched up our Friday Five topic format – check it out here. This week is the second week and so we’re talking food and drink. I thought I’d share my super easy, semi effective method of meal planning. Okay, so that doesn’t sound promising but the only reason it’s semi-effective is because I semi follow it. BUT one of my January goals is to be consistent with it so I’ve been working on it! Read on for my five tips for meal planning – I hope a few of these will help you! Just a quick reminder of our Friday Five rules: please reference the linkup and link to each of the hosts in your post. Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
- Keep your kitchen stocked with basics. I actually really enjoy grocery shopping but I often don’t have to time to do one big shop. So I’m regularly just picking up a few things here and there, but that’s not a problem because when I do have time to do that one big shop every month or so, I make sure to stock up on the basics that I’ll need to make an easy meal. For us, that’s things like almond milk, eggs, chicken, pasta and frozen veggies. If you have the basics in your kitchen, you can always pull something together at the last minute if need be.
- When you do go grocery shopping, have a plan. I don’t like to plan meals to the exact day, because that just doesn’t seem to work for me, but I do like to have a few recipes in my mind when I hit the store. This helps keep me from buying ALL THE THINGS (I really could spend hours in the grocery store, y’all. I love it).
- Don’t be afraid to grocery shop more than once in a week. Like I said, I don’t often have time to do a big shop, so I will pop into the store on my way home sometimes and pick up something I’ll need for that night’s meal. And that’s okay. I used to hate having to go to the store more than once a week or so, but if it ends up saving my sanity, it’s worth it.
- Make one or two big meals to keep you going during the week. I usually make a big bowl of whole wheat pasta or a soup or stew. It’s pretty simple, doesn’t take too much time and we can eat it for a few different meals. It can also be used to for lunch, which is immensely helpful!
- If you have time (I do not do this every weekend – probably only two weekends out of the month), prep your veggies and such for the week. I will boil potatoes so they are ready to be mashed, I’ll cook up my kale or spinach and I’ll boil my pasta. Those things make it infinitely more easy to pull together a quick meal during the week. I’ll also chop up sweet potatoes or squash or anything else that needs to be chopped. If I get this done twice a month, it really makes a difference!
Do you meal plan? What works for you?