Strategy Meal Planning

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I am listening to/watching: Leverage S 1, E 11
Mood: Loved, Tired, hungry, stressed, anxious, excited, inspired
Time: 2:02 pm

Meal Planning, Printable, dinner

Meal planning is a chore and not a fun one. I have implemented something that has been making my dinner meal planning so much easier.  This is what our week looks like:

Monday: Easy dinner
Tuesday: Chicken/fish dinner
Wednesday: Veggie Dinner
Thursday: Rice/Pasta
Friday: Breakfast for dinner
Saturday: Chicken/fish dinner
Sunday: Easy dinner

An easy dinner is anything you can make in about 5 minutes of prep time and 15 of cook time, I.e. pizza, nachos, fajitas, dinner sandwiches stuff like that. You could even do crockpot dinners on these days. If you have older children, you can take Sundays easy dinner and make it an eat whatever we have night. My mother used to do this and I really did enjoy it.
Some meal ideas here and here.

Chicken/fish dinner I do not eat read meat but if you do toss it in the mix. These dinners take a bit more time to make than the easy dinner. However, I have stuck with some still very easy to make dinners (I am not a chef).
Some meal ideas here and here.

Veggie Dinners are one of the best ways to save money. I try to do these once a week because I have a high metabolism. If I do these too often I feel like I am starving.
Some meal ideas here and here.

Rice/Pasta dinners are self-explanatory often times if I make a rice as the base of the dinner it turns out as a veggie meal.
Some meal ideas here and here.

Breakfast for dinner is not only a fast dinner but often times children’s favorite. Noah loves the chance to eat cereal for dinner, and I enjoy not cooking.
Some meal ideas here and here.

A tip is to have about 25 meals you can make a month and 5 meals you make every so often. These are meals that take a lot of prep and/or money. One of my favorites is chicken with a mango salsa it is expensive and time consuming (well more so than my other meals) I’ll maybe make it once or twice in the summer.  With your 25 meals you will not eat the same thing twice in the same month (at least if you do not want to.)


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12 comments

  1. I loooooooooove Leverage...back to the matter at hand now LOL. Meal planning can take up a huge chunk of your time especially as a single parent. Great strategies!

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  2. Your blog is so cute
    www.WhatVeganKidsEat.com

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  3. This is exactly how I plan our meals each week. Thanks for sharing your process!

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  5. Seems like you have a good meal plan in place, kudos! I can never follow a meal plan because I make dinner based on what I feel like that night, but I think its a different ball game when you are a parent.
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. Haha yes it is very differen . I used to wing it, it is hard to do with a child.

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    2. Haha yes it is very differen . I used to wing it, it is hard to do with a child.

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  6. Iman, this is awesome! I am a recovering anorexic, so having a meal planner with hearts all over it is so meaningful, also, what an easy way to plan meals! Sorry I haven't been around as much but I'm back! I've scheduled this on my social media and I pinned your planner!

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