We all have to eat, so why not make the planning for it efficient? Sunday nights are my meal planning nights because I like to grocery shop early Monday mornings. This works for me and my schedule, but find the time and day that works best for you. My process for doing so is fairly simple. I gather together:
I start off by looking at my calendar. What days I'm going to be out of town, if one of us will be working late, if we're having guests, etc. and mark them on the weekly notepad. I also take note of what is going on that day. If I know I have a busy day and won't be able to do much prep, I keep that in mind to choose a low maintenance meal. And, as simple as it sounds I just go through my cookbooks and start picking the ones for that week! My meal planning notepad was a gift from a little store in Minneapolis, but here is a list I made of the meal planners I want to try or have heard how great they are!
The following tips are comprised of my methods as well as my three older sister's methods. They are all busy mamas and had a lot of great tips to offer. Hope you enjoy & let us know if you have a method/tip we didn't mention in the comments section below! :)
A few things to try to keep in mind at home:
These tips require a little more time and thought into the process on your meal planning days, but they pay off in the long run. Try it out and let me know how it goes! Have a beautiful week, y'all!
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!