Meal Planning (Part 1) Why meal plan?
Good Afternoon friends, I hope this finds you well. For as long as I can remember I have meal planned. I am not sure how or why I started or who introduced me to it, I don’t actually recall my parents doing it when I was growing up (although can’t be certain) but I have been married for over 20 years and I don’t recall a time during those years that I didn’t meal plan to some degree.
As the years went on and I had children (I now have four, all still at school) and I also now work full time, meal planning has really become a saviour for me and my family. I’ve been sharing on Facebook and Instagram for a year or so my ‘meal plan’ for each week and I regularly get asked to share tips, so here I am. I am going to break this down into a couple of blogs as there is just way too much to say in one sitting! I hope you find it helpful.
Why meal plan?
- It will save you money. Write a list. Stick to the list. This stops you from spending money on random things you don’t need
- It will stop you buying fast food. Meal planning will help you when you get to the end of the day and think ‘I have nothing to cook for dinner’ and then you head off and buy less-than-healthy and expensive take-away. It’s already there, planned and bought
- It can save you stress and can help you on busy nights. With meal planning you can plan to cook in bulk or double batch dinners regularly and freeze meals for a super busy night when you know you won’t necessarily feel like cooking
- It can help with healthier and more nutritional meals. Meal planning allows you to pay more attention to balancing your meals by combining protein, vegetables, grains and healthy fats (just to name a few)
- It can save you time. Meal planning can save time if you are used to going to the grocery store daily and wandering around deciding what to buy and make, it can save you time if you do a little meal prep each week and once again can save you time if you bulk cook or double batch
- It can teach your children cooking skills. If you are less stressed and have more time, it is the perfect opportunity to get the kids involved in the kitchen, teach even just the basic cooking skills, chat about life and food and simply spend quality time together (this is something that I really love doing)
- You might get more adventurous with food! You never know! Meal planning doesn’t mean you have to make gourmet meals every night (we will get into this more next time) but it certainly is an opportunity to test out new recipes and find new favourites and possibly even bring some joy back into the kitchen for you
If you have any other great reasons for meal planning or meal planning tips I would love to hear from you. Next time … Meal planning … where do I start?
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