Planning out the weekly meals and snacks makes our week so much easier and healthier, no matter how busy the week gets. Kevin and I both enjoy cooking, but we do like to be on the same page about what we are eating for dinner and who will making it. So first things first…
1. Set time aside to plan
Set aside time each week to make a meal plan. We usually do Sundays, when we are making our calendar of what activities we have going on each day. Then you can decide how many meals you need to prepare and what meals will work best time-wise for that day. I like to have a say in what we are eating, Kevin is a great chef…but he likes to get creative and that doesn’t always work for picky eaters. Where I tend to keep things more simple and try to use the least amount of pots and pans as I can. So, when we communicate we are all a little happier. We also decide who will be home to make what meal.
2. Check what you have
Check what ingredients you already have in your cupboard, fridge and freezer. See what you need to use up first and what you will need to purchase.
3. Use your leftovers!
You can use leftovers in the next days meal, for instance, one day we might make chicken tacos and the next day we can use that leftover chicken in a soup. Or vegetables left uneaten can be cut up and used in a stir fry the next day. Or a personal favorite, mid week don’t cook! Let everyone know they can help themselves to the leftovers from other nights dinners! We try to eat our leftovers within 3-4 days.
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