First I want to say that I’m not an expert on meal planning. I’m still battling with preparing my menu every week and most important, to follow it. However, meal planning is a great way to stay organized and to stay under your budget. Here are some tips about how I prepare my weekly meal plan.
1. Pick a day:
Set aside a day of the week to prepare your plan. It will give you a timeline to work with. I like to do my grocery shopping on Saturdays because Carlos is home and I can do the shopping without my daughter. That is why I picked Fridays to do my weekly meal plan.
2. Start with what you have:
Look in your pantry and fridge before start making your meal plan. Try to use as much of what you have. By doing this you can avoid your food to get spoiled, you can buy less items and save more money.
3. Compile your recipes:
Have all your recipes in one place. I have a folder on my computer with my family favorite recipes and with some recipes I want to try. Every time I run out of inspiration to plan my menu, I go to my folder.
4. Theme days:
Some people have a theme each day. For example, Sunday is pasta, Monday is a crock pot dish and so on. Although I don’t plan my whole meal plan like this, I do have some theme days. On Saturdays I like to make soup, and Fridays are pizza night. This just make things a little bit easier.
5. Be flexible:
Life happens, don’t be discourage if things didn’t happen the way you planned it. Always leave room for error. Make notes of what works for you family and discard what is not working. And most important give praise to yourself!
How about you? Do you make a weekly meal plan? What are your tips?