No matter your age and stage, everyone needs to eat. You may be able to get by with a simple breakfast and lunch, but the need to figure out dinner pops up every night. The easiest way to navigate this challenge is to form a meal planning discipline.
Once a week, make a list of the meals you will have for the upcoming seven days. As you make your choices, note on your grocery list(s) what you need to buy. If you like, make a notation next to any meals you’ve planned that you cannot prepare until you’ve completed the shopping.
Each night before you go to bed, select which of the meals you will make the following day. This allows you to thaw whatever you might need from the freezer.
You can ease the task by designating one night for a repeating meal, such as “Sunday Spaghetti.” You may also decide to eat out or pick up take-out on a particular night each week. Another trick is to cook at the beginning of the week, and make Thursday “Choosing Night,” when family members can choose whatever they want from accumulated leftovers. Lastly, remember that you can “meal prep” (e.g. cut veggies, measure spices, put water in the pot, etc.) at any time in the day that is convenient. Keep the work required at the busy dinner hour to a minimum.
Do you plan your meals for the week?