Over the years, developing a meal plan has been a great help in organizing my family dishes.
You may be thinking, ” Who has time to write down every meal?” I assure you, making time to plan out your menu will not only lessen your grocery bill, but also keep you sane ;).
Have you ever racked your brain just before dinner, and the next thing you know its that time, and now you have to throw something (anything) together quick, fast and in a hurry? I know I’ve been there…lots of time, and I didn’t like it.
I was tired of being unprepared and stressed with my meal preparation. For someone, who on average, prepares 3 meals a day, at least 6 days a week; I had to find a better solution.
Even more, this is a vital responsibility in caring for our families. When we carefully strategize the needs of our family, we not only care for their well-being, we are honoring God by biblically living out our role in serving them!
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Here are 3 tips to help get you started now on your meal planning:
1. Gather your favorite meals. Most likely, you already have an idea of you what your family likes to eat. Grab a pen and pad, and list those meals. These foods should be the first ones written in your new meal plan.
2. Create a template. Having a template, makes the planning much easier. Try creative weekday themes like “Taco Tuesday, “Soup and Salad Wednesday,” or “Fast Food at Home Friday.” Don’t forget “Leftover Day,” if your family doesn’t mind repeat meals.
3. Remember, it’s a helpful tool. I know you are busy, and sitting down planning your meals is adding another item on your list of to-dos. But look at this as an essential task that will assist you in managing your time and productivity in the kitchen, more effectively. Leaving room, for other things you may need or want to do!
Once you get the hang of it, try incorporating new recipes or even planning an additional week in advance.
Free Meal Plan Printable
I’ve been using this weekly meal planner for years. I am able to quickly jot down my meals and have collected my a few of my old ones, for convenient menu ideas. You can print your own copy here.
I also wanted to leave you with my yummy Pumpkin Spice baked oatmeal recipe. Now, you have one less item to add to your menu. 🙂