The truth is that disorganization regarding our eating habits costs us greatly – our health suffers, our timetable suffers, our emotions suffer, and our grocery budget suffers. By adding a little more discipline to our meal rituals, we can gain a whole lot!
How to start meal planning?
- Grab a planner, a calendar, or a sheet of paper where you can draw out a table with dates of the upcoming week.
- Plan out on which days you will have to prepare your own meal, and you won't eat outside. How many people are you cooking for? Will you be taking the food to go, or will you be eating at home? Think carefully.
- Go through your favorite recipes and start scheduling them. To make this more fun, add a new recipe every week. Focus on a few main ingredients and use them throughout the week while making sure you are complimenting them with different cooking techniques and additional ingredients every day. Whenever possible, check for dishes when you can easily cook more and use leftovers for a meal the next day.
- According to the calendar and the recipes are chosen, write down the grocery list.
- Go shopping, start prepping, and then cook. There are several ways to keep ingredients fresh in the fridge, even after you've already chopped them up or cleaned them.
Extra tips for meal planning
- Keep your family involved. Plan with them, ask them about their wishes, get them to join you when going grocery shopping, keep the meal calendar at a visible spot …
- Avoid complicating. Make simple meals with simple cooking techniques throughout the week, and leave out new recipes for the weekend.
- Stick to 15-20 simple recipes and keep rotating them.
- Keep a master list of ingredients that you always use.
- Limit your trips to the store. Stick to a routine and mark one day in a week when you do all of your shopping.
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Written by Masha