We are all busy and have busy schedules myprep. There are many things we have to do. We sometimes wait until we feel the hunger pains before we realize that even after doing all we thought was necessary, we still have to figure what we are going to make for dinner each evening.
Here are some ways to make family meal planning easier.
You should set aside some time each week to plan your week and prepare your menu. Make a list of everything you have in your refrigerator, freezer, and cupboards. You might already have many meal components you need to put together. This will save you money when shopping.
Start with the food that you are going to be using for your dinners. So that you can easily plan the menus, you only need to buy the items you do not already have. If you have potatoes, onions, and flour, then add milk to your grocery list for a simple potato gratin. It’s amazing how many meals you could plan using the foods you already have. There are sections on some recipe sites where you can input random ingredients to create recipes. Once you have used everything in your kitchen, it is time to start making new meals. If you have dependent relatives, move on to breakfast and lunch. Some children in older households will eat lunch at the school but are okay with cereal in their mornings.
While you’re creating your shopping list, remember to add the necessities for busy families such as milk, snacks, juice, and any other extras. Be diligent about only going to the grocery store once a week. This is a good idea for your meal planning. Spending more time and money if you have to return to the grocery stores multiple times per week will result in you spending more. It is easy to see your weekly meal plan in one place. It is worth removing frozen meats to thaw so that you can plan how many hours you will spend cooking and preparing the meals. It’s a smart idea to plan ahead for the week. It is possible to save time and money by doing these few things every single week.