This is what you organise yourself to cook, whether that’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is the plan you make before you shop. Some people plan a month in advance, some plan fortnightly. The goal is to find a process that works for you which should be both enjoyable and effective.
How To Plan Meals Weekly
Look For Recipes
This may feel like an indulgence, but just let yourself do it. Browse blogs and websites for recipes that look delicious. Pile up some cookbooks and look at what you love or what you haven’t tried. Get inspired!
Keep It Simple
Do whatever works for you. Don’t get caught up in a system, just use whatever works best and most easily. Check out food pins on Pinterest, post on Instagram. Save the pictures or note them down in your food diary.
Ask For Options
This might sound obvious, but it’s easy to get caught up in our weeks and forget to ask our households what they would like to eat. Ask them what they love and add it to the plan.
Start A Calendar
Start a calendar of what you’d like to cook over the next few days or few weeks. It can be as organised as a Google Calendar, with notes on each day for that day’s menu. Or you can just jot notes to yourself in the corner of your laptop screen. The important thing is to write it down.
Make A Shopping List
A lot of people seem to have success in meal planning shopped very purposefully. They looked at their recipes and made a shopping list. Some of the meal planning and recipe-saving services let you do this easily, extracting ingredients from the recipes you have saved. Make a list of what is necessary and have fun with it.
Plan For Leftovers
Never trash your leftovers. Have plastic packs and refrigerate what you haven’t finished. It’s useful for another day
Plan your meals this week and tell us how it felt. We sure want to know the difference.
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Written By: Omoefe Ohworakpo