BLOG POST – All about meal planning!
Do you ever find yourself staring into the fridge wiling something to magically jump out at you and say ‘cook me’….. I know I do. I recently found myself stuck in a rut of reaching 5pm and having no idea what to cook – there’s nothing worse than each child consecutively walking through the kitchen shouting ‘ whats for dinner’ and having literally no idea of an answer! I’ve often dreamed of having a chef who cooks up fantastically healthy, nutritious meals (that everybody loves and clears their plates ) then tidies up afterwards leaving me to simply do bath time and relax for the rest of the evening… but that’s never going to happen so meanwhile I’ve had to find another way to deal with my dinner time dilemmas.
After discovering the hard way that if dinner isn’t prepared or thought about by 5pm it has a complete knock on effect and the rest of the night time routine falls by the wayside – disaster – I decided that enough was enough and I had to get this under control.
So I discovered ‘Meal planning’….. it might sound slightly boring, maybe a bit repetitive, obsessive even BUT honestly it’s a life saver. Well not literally but it has saved my sanity. This is how it works for me and my large family.
I saw a recommendation for a ‘meal planner & shopping list’ by Fraser & Parsley. I popped it in my “virtual basket” and once it arrived I began my preparation in earnest. Now it has become my once a week ‘job’ – every Sunday night I spend just 30 minutes or so looking through Pinterest or my own recipe books and plan out each nights meals. Yes that’s plural because I have two younger fussy ones, 4 older increasingly hungry boys and then myself and my husband. Thats 3 meals… yes I know it’s crazy but that’s for a whole other post!
So once my meals are planned the next section of the planner is divided into different sections like ‘fruit and veg’ ‘meat and fish’ and so on so I note down what’s required from each recipe for my shopping list, and I like to do my weekly shop online at that point to get everything I need. But the best part is if I do need to pop to the shops for any of the ingredients I can tear off the bottom part of the list (the top part is stuck to my fridge so that everyone can see what’s for dinner without shouting it at me every night) and take it with me to the shops so I don’t forget anything – genius! I just find that it keeps everything in order, I know every day what I need to do for dinner, I can get it prepared early if time allows, if not and it’s a busy night of after school activities etc then I will have planned a quick and easy ‘make-do’ dinner which I can get ready in minutes (because we all have a night like this right?)
So that my friends is the way to meal plan, it’s really very simple but this little job can actually make such a difference to your evenings. Organisation in a busy household is key, it’s just one of the ways you can totally boss this thing called motherhood
Amy x x
Weekly meal planner & shopping list from Fraser & Parsley www.fraserandparsley.com