Meal planning sounds exciting, but getting started might sound a little tough if you’re not into that sort of thing. Meal planning for your family helps save you time and money and makes it an intention to sit down as a family and eat together which is so important.
I will say that the hardest part of meal planning is simply getting started.
Once you get a routine down, you will be good to go. Here is how to start meal planning for your family.
Understand What Your Family Enjoys Eating
Before you even begin the meal planning process, it’s wise to know what your family likes to eat. No one wants to meal plan, shop, and cook for a family and then they end up not like it. I’d suggest meal planning with meals that your family actually enjoys. Make a list of all your family’s favorite meals and then you have a really good start.
Plan a Meal for Each Meal Time in Your House
In order for meal planning to work, you have to sit down and plan a meal for each time your family will be eating at home that week. Meal planning does take a little bit of time, but as you find meals your family loves, you can recycle those meals into your meal plan.
Make a Grocery List for Your Meals
The next big step in meal planning is by making a grocery list for your meals. By making a list, when you go to the grocery store, you can assume you won’t forget anything. I hold onto the list for a few hours before I go to the store. There is always something that I forget to add to the list! I also take a picture of my grocery list or I just email it to myself.
Spend Some Time Meal Prepping
One thing you should know about meal planning for your family is that spending time prepping really helps. This can be where you spend time cutting up the fruits and veggies for the week. You can spend time browning or cooking the meat that you will need for that week as well. Meal prepping is a true gem and you might find it necessary for your family.
Enjoy the Organized Meal Planning Life
While no one is perfect at meal planning, it’s a great thing to do for your family. And now that you know about how to start meal planning for your family, you can begin this journey. Remember the tips listed in this resource, but be flexible!
My best advice is to do what works for you and your family.
Getting started with meal planning is exciting!
Do you have any tips for someone who wants to start meal planning?