Meal planning can sound difficult and overwhelming, but it’s not! Let me share with you some of my tips and tricks for meal planning!
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This post is a look into how I personally meal plan. Here’s a glance into what I do:
Before deciding on meals, plug your appointments and commitments into your planner.
I plug in my appointments/meetings into my planner. (I’m using an Erin Condren life planner at this time.) I sometimes even plug in the expected temps – because who wants chili if it’s 80 degrees outside.
Decide your cooking method and needs for each individual night.
I find a day where we are busy to plug in a crockpot or instant pot meal. The longer meals get plugged into the least busy nights. I may plan a night for eating out or take out night if we aren’t home.
Here is just a quick example from an earlier week:
Monday – we had an academic team match at 3:45 and Crossfit at 5:30 – that was going to put us home at 6:45 or so. This is on a school night when my son goes to bed at 8:30 – and that’s after a shower and bedtime routine… SO, I inserted an instant pot meal here: Steak tips in the IP (instant pot).
Meal Logs to Help with Ideas for Meal Planning
I also keep a meal log in the back of my planner to pull from because sometimes I get mental blocks!!!!
A meal log is basically a written list of different ideas to pull from – I have a crockpot list, instant pot list, Mexican food list, casserole list, and so on… Then, when I feel brain dead or blank for food ideas, I just flip to the back of the planner to my meal log.
I also rewrite them into each planner each year, and carry them over and add to them or eliminate as needed.
I have a free printable for these meal logs in this post: One Brilliant Meal Planning Hack.
How do you meal plan? Any good tips I can incorporate into my life??