When it comes to eating well, meal planning is one of the easiest things you can do to set yourself up for success. The beauty of it is there are no rules and you can’t really mess it up. The key is just to start, and to set aside a little bit of time each week to do it. There are so many ways to approach meal planning that, after practicing just once or twice, you’ll begin to find what works for you and your family.
Our eating situations can vary greatly from week to week depending on work schedules, after-school activities, evening commitments and travel plans. Here are some things to consider as you assess your eating situation.
HOW MANY MEALS YOU NEED TO PLAN FOR
Take a few moments to think about what you have going on next week. Taking a quick inventory of everyone’s plans will quickly give you a rough idea of how many meals you’ll need to get through the week, and how much you can get from each recipe or dish.
WHAT CAN BE FIXED QUICKLY?
If you have a crazy busy week coming up, make a mental note for meals that can served up in a hurry. Our family loves to cook big meals that can stretch to lunch the next day and possibly dinner.
YOUR FOOD MOOD
Things like the weather, a change in seasons and food cravings can impact what sounds good on any given day. Thinking about these things beforehand will make recipe-selection process faster and meal times easier on everyone.
YOUR GROCERY BUDGET
If you want to eat better for less (and who doesn’t?), think seasonal produce and sales.
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