One of my favorites weekend activities is planning our meals for the week. Weekly meal planning saves us both time and money. With a plan we are able to limit impulse buys at the grocery store, and do our best to avoid last minute meal stops at fast food restaurants.
So how do I do it? It is SUPER easy and I encourage y’all to give it a shot.
Step 1: Print my weekly meal planner
Step 2: NextI think about my week and if there is anything planned or anything going on that would not leave enough time to cook that day. If there is anything, I add the that to the meal plan. For example: Wednesday, Dinner with the Smith’s or Wednesday, Dinner – Eat Out (class)
Step 3: Then I go through all of my cabinets and fridge/freezer to see what I already have.
Step 4: Once I find out what I have I try to find recipes that require the ingredients I already have. I find most of my recipes on Pinterest and the Food Network.
Step 5: I cook enough so that what we have for dinner one night has enough leftovers for our lunch the next day.
Step 6: I also try to make sure if a recipe calls for an ingredient that I don’t normally keep on hand that I can use it in another recipe. Let’s be thrifty here folks!
Step 7: As I go through each recipe I write down the ingredients that I do not have so I can pick them up at the grocery store.
Step 8: Time for my 2nd favorite thing….GROCERY SHOPPING !
You will notice that my printable meal plan does not account for breakfast. I don’t really “cook” breakfast so I don’t really count it in the planning. Don’t worry, I eat breakfast. Usually just cereal.
Make it fun, and try your best to stick to your shopping list.
If you give this a shot, let me know how it works out.
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