I’ve found that one way to reduce weekday stress and waste fewer groceries is to meal plan.
I think alot of us – know we should, don’t like to, or feel like they don’t know where to start.
But once you are in the habit of meal planning, you can significantly reduce the money spent at the grocery store and the stress each day of deciding what to make for dinner.
I’ll share my routine with you:
- Pick another family to help each week.
- Look at the family schedule to determine what nights you have activities and which you don’t. This will help determine what kind of meal you need to make – crock pot, grill, skillet dish, grab ‘n go sandwiches, etc.
- Pick a variety of proteins your family likes to eat
- Pick a starch and veggie (or two) that pairs well with each protein
- Write down what you’re making each night
- Build a grocery list from the meal plan
- Older son offered to help.
- Two nights he needed to work (Joe’s Butcher Shop in Carmel, IN) until 8.
- Chicken thighs, pork tenderloin, ground beef, fish (for Friday during lent), homemade pizza, ribs
- Chicken thighs – mac n cheese, green beans
- Pork tenderloin – instant potatoes, brocolli
- Ground beef – hamburgers, chips and peas; tacos with corn salsa
- Fish – tilapia, rice, brussel sprouts
- Homemade pizza – sausage, pepperoni, veggies
- Ribs – fried potatoes, cauliflower
- Transfer the meal plan to a visible spot for the whole family to see
- Build your grocery list