Meal planning can be a daunting task. This is especially true if you’re planning your meals for a large family or if you want to plan them for an extended period of time. Fortunately, this task can be made easier when you’re organized and have created a process that works for you. These tips can help make meal planning an easier success for your family.
In order to make your meal planning easy, you’ll want to come up with a list of favourite meals for everyone in the family. These meals should easy to make and should include a list of simple ingredients. This way, you can plan to make this meal a couple times throughout the month, knowing that everyone in the family will be more than happy to eat it often.
Once you have setup a meal plan, don’t be afraid to repeat!
You’ll also want to plan meals that make delicious leftovers. For example, you can make a chicken meal for dinner and then used the leftovers for lunch or even dinner again the next day. By using leftovers for lunch or dinner, you’ll be able to eliminate extra prep and cook time, making it easier than ever to plan your meals.
Another great way to make meal planning easy is to take advantage of the convenience of freezer meals. If your family loves lasagne, then make two casserole dishes of this meal, setting aside the uneaten portion in the freezer for another day. You can then pencil in “lasagne” on your meal planning calendar, knowing that you won’t need to make that meal next time!
Make a Calendar
Make use of a monthly or weekly meal planning calendar in order to create your menus and shopping lists. I put together a Free Printable Meal Planner Kitchen Set that are downloadable for free. Simply print them off and get started!
By making family favourites often and taking advantage of the convenience of leftovers and freezer meals, you can make meal planning easier than ever. What are your best tips for making meal planning easy?
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Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!