“Selfie-Discipline” #10 – Plan Meals Weekly

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?

10 thoughts on ““Selfie-Discipline” #10 – Plan Meals Weekly”

  1. Omg, I totally do this each week here. So, I do agree that meal planning for the week ahead really does make it that much easier to keep up with at the busy dinner time here totally!!

  2. There’s a fun children’s book that’s essentially a meal plan! Except they’re not all realistic meals, BUT, it’s the whole point that it’s catchy. Like you said: Sunday Spaghetti. This is like that. Anyway it’s the simplest and most practical thing to do and we can’t seem to do it. I hope 2020 is our year!

    1. Awww.. I would have loved that book when my girls were little. It sounds charming! I have to say, this one discipline really relieves a lot of stress, so wishing you good luck!

    1. Now that my girls are grown, and given the fact that my husband travels, I don’t have many leftovers anymore. BUT, I remember renaming the night at “Choosing Night” made it a favorite. I think kids like having some choice over what they eat.

  3. I have to admit that of all the things that are tricky for me, meal planning has always been one of them. I seem to do better when I have a bunch of fresh ingredients that I can just make things from. I tend to be an assembler of meals as opposed to cooking and using recipes. But never say never. There’s always room for improvement. My latest goal is to make sure that enough healthy choices are available so that I can “assemble” meals with all good things. And the good news is that I do love fresh vegetables and fruit. I also know that if I don’t bring home the “bad stuff,” then I’ll be less likely to eat it. So that’s a good trick too. It’s as much about what we have, as it as about what we don’t have.
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    1. I can completely relate. I simply cannot buy potato chips because I absolutely adore them. In fact, I adore lots of foods that aren’t good for me. On nights when my husband is traveling, I am totally an assembler as well, and I agree that having some veggies and healthy proteins on hand makes that easier.

  4. I am not good at this. I usually have several possible meals in the house and pick one of them on the nights we don’t order out but your method is very much better and makes total sense. I will try to get better at this.

    1. Just knowing you have what you need on hand is helpful on very busy days, especially when you are providing for a family. As the size of the family shrinks (e.g. when kids move out), you can be a little more relaxed.

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