I’ve been meal planning on and off for the past year. When I stick with it, it makes a huge difference in our lives. It makes grocery shopping a breeze, and we throw out far less food. We always have a delicious, home cooked meal on our table. I tend to make dinners the night before, as there is very little time for cooking after I pick Dylan up from school.
I’ve tried out a few different meal plan templates, and this one is my favorite: The Project Girl Meal Planner. I’ve been using her second version, without separate squares for each meal, but I have been planning each meal of the day – breakfasts, lunches and dinners. It might seem a bit anal to plan out breakfasts, but it saves precious brain power in the morning when I no longer have to decide what to make that day!
What I love about this meal plan is that there is room on the same piece of paper for a shopping list. I take the meal plan and the list with me when I go grocery shopping each Monday morning. I’ve found it works best if I take the list with me in a plastic page protector, and keep it in there for the remainder of the week. That way the meal plan and the list don’t get crumpled. I save each week’s meal plan in a binder and often refer to them when I’m sitting down each Sunday night to make my meal plan and shopping list.
Do you meal plan? Do you make grocery shopping lists?