1. Create a Plan as Part of a Weekly Preview
- Which nights will you be home for a family meal together?
- Which nights will you need something quick/grab and go?
- What nights have practice or social commitments?
- What would be the ideal time to eat that night based on those commitments? Sure, I'm a proponent of trying to have a consistent meal time each night with the family at the table, but because of various commitments, this isn't always a reality.
For me this looks like spending time on a Saturday morning with my cup of tea to look at the week ahead and plan our meals and schedules. I also create my grocery shopping list during this time.
After meal planning for awhile, the most exhausting part of it I realized was coming up with recipes I liked that were healthy and easy. So below are two options to help you keep a short list of meals that work for you, so you don't get bogged down in the sheer volume or indecision of what to make.
2. Grocery Shop for the Week
3. Post the Plan
I leave a sticky note on the fridge showing the meal plan for the week. This way, if I'm running late or have a social commitment, my husband knows the plan. It also helps remind me what I intend to do each night so I can free up that mental capacity.
My note generally includes:
- Meal time if different from our normal schedule (My oldest has practice 2 nights a week starting at 5:15 30 minutes away. In a perfect world, he would eat before he goes, so having dinner ready early is extremely helpful and seeing it on paper helps me remember to start it earlier.
- Prep instructions (i.e. 350 degrees for 30 minutes)