Can you relate to this scenario?
You arrive home from work, or a day out, and both you and the kids are starving. It's getting close to dinner time, and you've been wondering all day what on earth you could make for dinner, but you're not even sure what you have in your fridge. You want and need something quick and easy, but also nutritious and fulfilling.
But as you stare into the empty fridge, you're at a loss at exactly what to make - you are SO not one of those people that can whip up an amazing meal with just 3 ingredients. The stress kicks in, the kids are starting to lose it, you're feeling tired and frustrated...
Sound familiar? Wish you had an easier, less stressful approach to your evenings?
The answer, my friend, is meal planning.
You've probably heard before that planning your meals is one of the best ways to save yourself time, effort and money, and reduce stress, but you also might be wondering how the heck you actually go about it!
In today's episode of The Organised You TV, I'm sharing 2 simple strategies I use to plan our meals - one for when I've got a bit less time, and just want to quickly jot things down, and one where a lot of the work has been done for me, and I just have to pick and choose, mix and match to quickly plan for a week or fortnight's worth of meals for my family.
One key thing to remember when you're meal planning is to incorporate variety.
Whether you choose 'themed' evening meals i.e. Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Spanish; or types of food i.e. fish, vegetarian, chicken, beef, egg-based; or family favourites; be sure to mix things up to make the meals more exciting, and something you can all look forward to. If it's the same thing week in week out, it's likely that you won't stick with meal planning. Variety is key.
Whether you quickly jot your meals on a post-it note, or use a pre-made template (like the one from my Productivity Pack), or use a whiteboard or magnetic board, choose an approach that is easy for you to follow and stick with.
If you're ready for some simple strategies and helpful advice...
Watch this episode now.
Now I'd love to hear from you!
In the comments below, let us know:
Do you currently plan meals, and is it something you're able to stay consistent with?
What do you find hardest about planning meals for your family?
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