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4 Steps to Effective Meal Planning

Last week you tackled making a Grocery list. The Grocery list is the basic tool needed to make sure you are able to eat at home. I hope everyone was able to complete their grocery list or lists. If you have any questions about grocery lists please fire away in the comments. If you have grocery lists (or links) that you think are stellar PLEASE leave those in the comments too!

Assignment #2

This week’s Assignment in the Eat at Home Challenge is to make at least a 1 week meal plan. If you’ve never made a meal plan before, making a meal plan may seem intimidating but it’s really pretty simple once you get started.

shopping-879498_1920Here are 4 Steps to Effective Meal Planning:

  1. On blank paper think of 6 – 10 dinner meals you make and your family likes and write them down. In a separate column write 7 Breakfasts & Lunch Meals  that you make that your family likes.
  2. Part of effective Meal Planning involves being thorough. So instead of “remembering” your recipe which leads to FORGETTING ingredients needed to prepare the dish. So, actually pull the recipe book(s)/papers/pages out so you can thoroughly plan your meals and you’ll know you have all the ingredients.
  3. Now carefully go through the recipes write down the needed ingredients on your grocery list.  Don’t forget your side dish items such as bread and veggies that you will add to complete your meal.
  4. Then you will want to get your calendar take out so you can determine which kind of meals fit each day. For instance if you are away all day Friday you need a crock pot meal or if your kids have a game/practice then you may need a quick meal that night. As you writing the meals on to the calendar/meal planner don’t forget your side dish items such as vegetables and bread to complete the meal.

Subscribers can access the FREE PRINTABLE  4 Steps to Effective Meal Planning Worksheet that walks you step by step through creating your first meal plan. Or you can simply use my cute & simple meal planning sheet to plan healthy and inexpensive meals for your family.

This post is part of the month long Eat at Home Challenge. If you haven’t read the other posts you’ll want to go back and do so.

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Do you have any tips to help create an effective meal plan .


 

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

9 thoughts on “4 Steps to Effective Meal Planning

  1. I always struggle with meal planning. I’ll do it for a week and follow through, but I have a hard time keeping up week after week. I need to make a conscious effort to do this because our family has such a hectic life. It would be nice to be able to consistently provide healthy home-cooked meals. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Great tips! One of my favorite things to make menu planning work better for me is to use pencil, not pen, when writing out the menu for the week. Sometimes things need to change for whatever reason. Being able to erase and make changes makes things easier for me. (visiting from the Thrifty Couple link-up)

  3. Meal planning is SOOOOO important and reduces so much stress and makes the hubby very happy! lol. I love the simplicity of your method! 😀 I normally plan dinners, but not breakfast…so I clearly need to do that! 😀

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