Today I wanted to share my love for meal planning and some fun free printables that you can use for your own meal planning. I have been meal planning for a while know most of the time. There are times in my life when I really should be meal planning because life gets so busy and because of just that I skip it. I wanted to share some tips and tricks that I have for meal planning and some shelf cooking. This helps me stay on the budget and have least amount of food waste which I hate. And the benefit of all this is that you can eat pretty healthy at home.
Here are some tips and tricks
before starting my monthly meal plan I make an inventory of my pantry and all my freezers
from that list I make up my first meals. The either come from my favourite meals list or I gather new recipes I want to try. I get most of my new recipes from pinterest
My favourite meals list is something that is an ongoing list where I write meals that my whole family enjoys
Once I have meals that include my pantry and freezer items figured out I will start adding other meals.
You want to add the pantry and freezer meals to the beginning of the month so they get used up
Here is a sample of my monthly meal plan
Once my Monthly meal plan is figured out I move on to my Weekly meal plan. I create my monthly meal plans at the end of previous month of beginning of the month that I am planning for. My Weekly menue I create usually on Wednesdays for the following week since my grocery day is typically Thursday
Tips and Tricks for Weekly Meal Plan
do and inventory of your fridge and try to incorporate those items first. Soups are a great way to use up veggies. I usually don’t figure out what type of a soup I will be making until the week I am meal planning for. I like to make one or two soups a week and we enjoy them for lunches
I also meal plan my lunches, breakfasts and snacks
if you have extra fruit in your fridge plan for smoothies or fruit pancakes or fruit salad for breakfast at the beginning of the week.
berries and bananas freeze well and you can use the later for baking or smoothies
When it comes to planning my dinners I refer to my monthly plan and pull dinner form there
At this time I will also figure out salads, veggies and sides and meal plan those as well.
Once all that is figured out I make a list of all the ingredients I need
I check my pantry and freezer and check of items I have
From that I will create a shopping list
I also made a video of my meal planner flip through and all these tips and maybe couple extra ones if you want to see
For my grocery list, freezer and pantry list you can get the here
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My name is Sonja and I am so happy you have made it to my blog. I am a wife and a mother to two beautiful children. I have been wanting to share my life with you guys for some time and finally decided to do it through a blog. I love sharing tips on planning, cooking, crafting, home organization and home decor, health and fitness, travel and more. I hope that you will enjoy my blog and join me on my journeys.