September 30, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
1. Keep it simple. Sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many nights we didn’t eat until 10 pm because I decided to make a full Thanksgiving dinner on a Thursday or some such nonsense.
Weeknights are not always a time for experimentation! I’m not saying you can’t try a new recipe, but perhaps you should skip learning a new cooking technique Monday through Friday. If you’ve never deep-fried anything before, Wednesday is not the time to learn how.
2. Make a list. I know that if I don’t go into the grocery store with a list, I’ll come out with 20 bananas, 4 bags of string cheese, chocolate chips, and lettuce to the tune of $50. When I get home, I’ll wonder:
A) How did I manage to blow half my grocery budget on 4 things?
B) How exactly will I feed my family of 3 for the rest of the week with only snack food?
A detailed list will get me out the store in less time, with more food, and having spent less money. It’s worth the 30 minutes it takes to write a grocery list.
3. 2 for 1 special! Get two meals out of one cooking session with better planning. For example, if you’re going to make a pork roast in the crock pot, choose a pork roast that’s about double the size you need for the original recipe. Then re-purpose the leftovers into a new dish for the next night.
4. Keep a log of your favorite dishes. Put the list on your refrigerator. That way you’ll have a quick reference guide for foods you know your family loves which makes meal planning a breeze.
5. Shop early. Don’t wait until Sunday night to hit the grocery store- it is PACKED then. I don’t recommend going after work either. It makes the day way too long. If you’re able, I suggest going in the morning, whether it’s a weekday or on the weekend. Far fewer shoppers show up right when the doors open, the shelves will be stocked, and you’ll be relaxed.
What are your meal planning tips?
What are some of your family’s favorite meals?