There are a few things in life I actually hate and meal planning is one of them. I never know what to make for dinner. I feel like we eat the same things every week. Like the taco soup recipe I have pictured above. And Nathan is no help. He is the kind of guy that will eat whatever is placed in front of him. He doesn’t like to plan meals either. So if you are like me, here are a few methods to help make your life a little easier when it comes around to dinner time…
- Weekly/monthly calendar. I have been doing the weekly meal planning for years. The down fall of that is if I don’t get my act together on Sunday or Monday, I don’t get the week planned and have no idea what to make the rest of the week. Then my friend told me how she started planning her meals a month at a time. I’m trying that now. So far not too bad.
- Cozi meal planner. I use Cozi for my calendaring and was excited when they added the meal planner. You can plan your meals, drag recipes into the calendar that will store and save it for you. And it has a shopping list where you can figure out which groceries you need for the meals each week. Super cool.
- Pick a theme. You can pick a theme for each day of the week – breakfast Wednesdays, Sunday leftovers, kids’ choice Fridays, crockpot Mondays and the likes. The only thing we consistently do on a weekly basis is breakfast for dinner. We all love it.
- Meal swaps. This is a great way to mix food with friends. Switch off cooking for each other and that way rather than going out and spending money, you eat at each other’s home once a week for free. And it’s a great way to try out each other’s recipes. It is also a great way to get my children to try new foods when they see their friends eating it too.
- Purchase a meal planner. I have never done this before but I’ve seen deals for purchasing meal planning programs. They provide the meal, recipes and give you a list of groceries to buy. Since I have never tried this before, I am not recommending any particular meal planning companies.
» Tell me… How do you plan your meals? Which method has worked for you? Why?