Today I want to share with you all how I plan my meals for the week- shout out to Lexi at A Blissful Haven for inspiring this blog post. Lexi had posted a question asking how other people meal plan and I happily responded with my method to make planning meals as easy as possible. She loved my advice and I got to thinking about how she probably wasn’t the only one that struggled with meal planning and would want some advice!
I would like to start by saying that I usually cook 5 nights a week at home. The reason I can do this is because I plan ahead so I don’t even have to think about what I am going to cook for dinner when I get home from work on a Tuesday because it’s already on the calendar and I already have all of the ingredients. I know that trying to figure out what to cook for dinner can be a stressful time but it really doesn’t have to be! It is something I really don’t worry about at all, and I am going to share all my secrets today!
I am going to work backwards here in order of how to do things:
Tip One: I get my groceries every Sunday, this starts me off fresh for the week of cooking meals (since I usually cook Sunday – Thursday). I also order online and get my groceries delivered which is a huge time saver that I love so much. You also then can sit down to order and focus just on what you need.
Tip Two: Right before I order my groceries on Saturday, I make my shopping list. I organize first by household essentials, snacks and then by Dinners (listed by day of the week I need to cook a meal).
Tip Three: Before I make my grocery list I go through my Pinterest boards and pick out 5 meals (or how ever many you need to cook) for the week, I write down the name of the recipe next to the day of week on my grocery list and then write down the ingredients I need.
Now here is the kicker, in order to quickly find meals on my Pinterest I organize my Pinterest boards by category of food. For example, I have different recipe boards for Chicken, Beef, Pork, Pasta, Sandwiches, Grill food, Sea food, etc. So in order to have a variety of meals each week, I like to pick a meal from a different category for each day. And you can switch this up with categories that you like, these are just ideas!
But I would say it is so worth the time to go through your Pinterest boards and organize all of the recipes you have pinned into categories, it makes planning your meals for the week SO EASY and SO FAST. My rules for my boards are: I only will pin things that I will actually make (because if it is too complicated you will not make it – maybe put it on a “dream” board instead) and if I try it and don’t like it, I delete it from the board so it isn’t cluttering up the boards with stuff you won’t eat.
Now are ALL of the recipes I choose for the week always from my Pinterest boards? No. I don’t really need a Pin for hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill. So if there are “Non-Pinterest” recipes you have, I suggest you keep a notebook or Word Doc with those recipes so you can easily refer to it and choose off of that list as well!
That’s it, in less than 10 minutes I plan all of the meals I’m going to cook for the week, I know what day I am going to cook them, and I have all of the ingredients listed that I need to buy and I don’t have to worry about it all week!
Bonus Tip: I know that we are only a family of two around here, but I also always make enough dinner so we both have leftovers for lunch the next day. This way, we each get enough food for two meals but I only had to cook once 🙂
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Thanks for catching up, I hope you can apply my tips to make your meal planning easier!
If you like these tips comment below and feel free to ask any questions 🙂