Meal planning has always been a priority in our household. However, despite my busy schedule, I never prepared meals in advance. Now that I’ve developed a method that works for me, I’d want to share some tips with other parents who are juggling numerous responsibilities.
Here are my five meal planning tips for busy people:
Always double-check your inventory before creating a list. For example, I started meal planning, assuming we didn’t have what I needed. After purchasing everything I needed, I returned home and discovered I had the same items in the cabinet. I was amazed.
When I initially began meal planning, I couldn’t think of anything to add to the list; so, I searched for ideas on Pinterest, TikTok, Facebook groups, and cookbooks. As soon as I’ve started writing down the meals that my family and I like, I organize them in a binder and use them to plan out my meals for the week.
3. Menus (Recipes)
Make a list of recipes that use comparable ingredients to save money. For example, one week could be ground beef dinners. For instance, you could use your ground beef to make spaghetti, tacos, burritos, or Bolognese sauce, among other things.
In my other post, I have some suggestions for anyone who needs some inspiration. Check out my other post for some ideas.
4. Make a list
I used to keep track of things on paper, but now I use the Notes app on my iPhone. For example, my husband and I use the app to list our needs for our household, which I record in our notes. It is simple to use and produces minimal waste paper. In addition, more than one person may be added, and they will be able to add and modify the notes.
Here’s an example:
5. Choose a prep day
My husband goes grocery shopping on Saturdays. For instance, I like to cook our meals on that day to reduce everyday stress. When it comes to cooking and freezing, we use Ziplock bags, and we have numerous glass containers for chopping vegetables, meats, and other foods.
For example, shopping and preparation should be done when there isn’t much going on. Consider purchasing an air fryer, an instapot, or other time-saving cooking equipment.
Finally, don’t overdo it and have fun with it. For instance, keep recipes and rotate them on various days or weeks to avoid boredom. Hopefully, you’ll be able to incorporate these suggestions into your hectic schedules.