Community Forum: Meal Planning Made Easy!

In last month’s survey – we asked you what topics you want to dig in deeper on and Meal Planning was #1 – so let’s do it!

Here are some tips to start meal planning – but comment and let us know your struggles with it and your tricks to making it easier!

  1. Create a list of the meals your families loves – use this as a starter
  2. Create a Pinterest Board for Recipes You Want To Try – this way – every time you see one of those amazing videos on Facebook – you can go right then and there and save it for later! Here’s a link to my meal planning board of ideas.
  3. The day before you grocery shop – go to your favorites list and your Pinterest board and write down the recipes you want to make for the week.
    1. You can also use a white board calendar for this. I just usually email myself my plan for the week.
    2. Another fun idea – designate each day of the week to a specific meal type or meat. Here’s a starter list:
      1. Sunday – Pork
      2. Monday – Chicken
      3. Tuesday – Hamburger
      4. Wednesday – Slow Cooker
      5. Thursday – Tacos
      6. Friday – leftover/eat out/treat day
      7. Saturday - Seafood
  4. Look through the recipes and add anything you might need from the store to your grocery list.
    1. Make note of any items you can prep ahead of time. Then you’re committed more to making that recipe!
  5. Once you’ve gone shopping – prep anything you can. If there are vegetables that need diced or meat that needs to be broken down – do it the same day you shop so it’s ready on meal day!

 

So there you have a starter list – what do you think? Do you meal plan? What are your struggles? What are your tips? Share with us and we’ll keep going!

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Janet R.
SUNDAY IS A DAY MOST PEOPLE EAT BUFFET LUNCHES. BUT FISH AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS IS ALWAYS GREAT.
Janet R.
When I shop, i get ingredients to make meals. Then i decide when to make each meal as needed. I shop for store sales and use coupons to make it more affordable.
Janet R.
I SHOP AND HAVE BASICS READY TO USE. I DECIDE WHAT I WANT TO COOK. AND USE THE BASICS TO MAKE MANY DIFFERENT THINGS. THE JOY OF COOKING IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES.
Ann T.
I always making a list, and always forget where I put it!
MELISSA S.
This is the way to go with 2 small children!
Marci R.
Started meal planning the beginning of the year and love it! All planning is done Saturday eve (takes maybe 20 mins) for shopping Sunday morning. I check the freezer, pantry and produce to see what I have and staples needed. Then go to Pinterest and build recipes around what I already have and make a list of what Is needed. I plan 3 vegetarian, 2 fish, and 2 meat dinners for the week. Leftovers are lunch the next day!
Dalisha T.
I love Ali those ideas!
Michon N.
I recently changed my diet to vegan and have been trying to get my other family members on board. I have been meal planning like crazy because being a vegan isn’t convenient anymore because most stuff contains animals byproduct. It’s really tough but it’s helped me and my family eat so much healthier.
Patti D.
Here are 11 family members living in one home. Aging from 3 yrs old to 63 yrs old. It’s tough to buy for that many people and ages with allergies etc/ but we do it.
Jennifer C.
I use an amazing site called pepperplate that makes my planning so much easier AND organizes my recipes and creates my list. You can type in your recipes or import them. I do admit this part in particular takes some time but is so well as worth the work. If you are like me, you are probably already looking at a million recipes a day so it doesn't take much more to save it on pepperplate. Then plan you menus and print out your grocery list. AMAZING.