How many of you meal plan? I really love it because it takes away so much of the guessing game every evening. Some people prepare their meals a month in advance by freezing soup and stew packages with clear labels. Others just wing it, going to the farmers’ market to buy whatever looks nice for their dinner that night. Meal planning is very individualized. Finding a method that is both pleasant and efficient is the key objective.
Even if it might seem indulgent, give yourself permission to indulge. Look through websites, blogs, and in cookbooks for recipes that seem great. Participate in Tasteologie. Grab the sticky notes and stack up some cookbooks. Get motivated!
Keep a collection of recipes
Whatever suits you, do it. Don’t get caught up in a system; just use what is most practical and efficient. People enjoy using Pinterest since it makes it simple to peruse the pinned items visually or just have a Google Doc with a list of links to recipes you want to make.
Know your family’s preferences
Although it may seem obvious, it’s simple to become preoccupied with our weeks and forget to ask our families what they would like to eat. When you feel as though you are preparing a meal as a gift for someone you care about, you may feel especially inspired. I am definitely guilty of this.
Examine the weather
Again, you might object, but take it seriously. A lot of the country’s regions currently experience variable weather. If you want to know if you’ll be in the mood for soup (or grilled shrimp salad!) check the weather forecast.
Open a calendar
Create a calendar of the dishes you want to prepare over the following few days or weeks now that you’re feeling inspired about what to eat. It can be as well-organized as a Google Calendar, complete with notes for the menu for each day. Alternatively, you may simply make notes to yourself in the corner of your laptop’s display. It’s crucial to put it in writing.
Use theme evenings
The weekly theme night idea can be quite beneficial. Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, etc. Although it doesn’t work for everyone, parents of young children may find it particularly useful. Find out whether they want to participate by recommending meals for the upcoming month. Narrowing your attention will enable you and your family to decide on a recipe quickly.
Make a grocery list and decide on a shopping day
Many of the readers who appeared to be successful at meal planning purchased with great intention. After reviewing their recipes, they created a shopping list. You can extract ingredients from the recipes you’ve saved using some of the meal planning and recipe-saving programs to make this simple. You can even upgrade your ingredients and search for local groceries like a bakery or a butcher shop near me and see what comes up.
Whatever you do, just try it. I’ve tweaked the way I meal plan through the years, and sometimes I do get burned out with it. However, I find that when I am meal planning that’s an area of my life that seems to go a little smoother each day because of it!