Hello, friends! Now that school is back in full swing and our evenings are full of practices, homework and family time. Meal planning is more important now than ever in getting the most out of your night by planning healthy easy meals. Spending some time at the beginning of the week can save you a ton of time and money by meal planning. And it will keep you from grabbing that unhealthy fast food sandwich on your way home in desperation.
I’ve been a meal planner for years now and I fluctuate between meal planning one week all the way up to one month. What works best for us changes throughout the year and I try to adjust accordingly. Like in the winter time, we want to spend as little time out and about when the weather isn’t great so I try to plan between 3 to 4 weeks in advance so we don’t have to go shopping as often. But in the summer time when we are out and about I like a little bit more flexibility so I only plan one week at a time. The important thing is to be realistic and do what works for you and your family.
Another thing I like to do is mix in fresh meals with freezer and crockpot meals. We as a family aren’t very good at eating the same thing over and over again. So I’ll make half a recipe for now and put the rest uncooked in the freezer for later. Which works well for the two of us but you can easy double the recipe and freeze half if you have more mouths to feed.
If you are like me and like to cook you can quickly get overwhelmed by trying to make involved recipes so make sure to sprinkle them in with easy to prepare meals so that you don’t become overwhelmed and give up…. I’m definitely speaking from experience.
If you have little ones running around have them help you when you are preparing the freezer crockpot meals. They will love dumping all the ingredients in the freezer bag together.
So spend a little time on the day before you go grocery shopping to look over your calendar and plan meals to fit with your week or month. Organize your list to save time in the store and make sure you have plenty of gallon size freezer bags, aluminum pans, and plastic wrap.
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