If your life is like mine, dinner can get pretty hectic. I’m constantly asking myself the following questions:
- when are we going to eat?
- what are we going to eat?
- will my husband be able to make this if I’m at work?
- do I have all the necessary ingredients in the pantry?
If you find yourself asking these same questions, then you need to start meal planning. If meals aren’t planned, we often end up eating on the go, which then leads to increased calories, increased sodium and overall unhealthy foods.
Here is your solution. Click here for a printable meal plan form. Laminate it and use it with a dry erase marker. Next, try taking an hour on Sunday to go through recipe books, Pinterest, or your own personal recipes and plan your meals for the week. Crockpot meals are great for nights where you know you’ll be home late or running around. One pot meals are another great option for those nights where your time is limited. As you make out your meal plan, make a grocery list of what you will need for the week. Post the plan on your refrigerator and head to the grocery store. You’re all set for the week.
Planning allows for you to be prepared. “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” The meal plan also gives your family a visual of what’s on the menu for the week.
Try it this week. Aim for a 2-3 nights if that’s realistic for your family. If you think you can do more, try to fill up the whole week. Allow yourself flexibility for those nights when something comes up, but don’t get to far off track. Have a great week and enjoy your family meals at the dinner table!