Meal planning is a great way of saving both time and money. It means we waste less food, and spend less time and money at the shops! Win -win, right?
The beauty of meal planning is that there are no rules. We create a plan for the week but then mix and match days depending on how we are feeling.
WHAT IS MEAL PLANNING?
Meal planning is organising how you cook your meals. Some people plan a month in advance and some people wing it and decide on the day what they would like to eat. Meal planning is personal, everyone has a different way of doing it and whats important is that its effective.
HOW DOES MEAL PLANNING HELP ME SAVE TIME?
We all have those days where we return home to search through the cupboards/freezer to find what we can prepare for dinner. This becomes even more tricky when you have small children as there are a lot of meals that children dislike or will only pick at.
Organising early saves time later
Meal planning in advance saves time by allowing us to prepare in advance what ingredients are needed for our meals and do one weekly shop, reducing our time spent on last minute shopping trips for one/two ingredients.
It’s good for communication
Its easier to get the whole family on-board and working as a team if everyone knows the meal plan in advance, and others can help by fetching things from the freezer which need defrosting or preparing vegetables.
We can try new things easily
I often find recipes I would like to try whist browsing the web, by bookmarking them, and adding them straight to our meal planner we try them instead of them being pushed to the back of our minds.
HOW DOES MEAL PLANNING HELP ME SAVE MONEY?
We waste less food
When we have a meal plan and a shopping list, we go shopping with a plan and know we dont buy extras. This means that all food we by gets eaten and not forgotten about at the back of the fridge!
Planning cheaper meals
When we are hungry – we can be impulsive or ‘hangry’. Nothing sounds better than fast food when you are really hungry, and convenience is really expensive. Planning in advance, especially when we know we will be short of time helps to stop that impulsiveness. Think about planning a spaghetti bolognese or satay chicken in the slow cooker when you have a busy day? You can time it so that you arive home to a delicious aroma and your dinner almost ready to eat.
* The word ‘hangry‘ is a concise way to describe a common feeling. Hangry is a clever portmanteau of hungry and angry, and an adjective that describes being irritable due to hunger.
We can slow cook cheaper joints of meat.
Its well known that cheap joints of meat taste better if they are cooked slowly, you can opt for a cheaper cut of beef. We love Beef Stew by Jamie Oliver and these Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs (pictured above)
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