Remember at the top of the month, I told you that it is get a balanced life month?
I swear I be trying to find balance like it’s gone make me rich. There’s an ebb and flow to it. Where sometimes I feel balanced and others I feel totally out of whack.
I shared how I try to maintain balance within marriage and parenting by reading resources that give good advice and insight on the topic of marriage. Today I am sharing something that you can use to help get balanced, no matter what your relationship status.
Meal planning helps me be on the side of the scales aligning.
I have a family of five and they love to eat.
Part of it is cause I conditioned them that way. The other part is cause they just greedy.
But if you follow me on Instagram, you have seen me post my meal plans for the week.
I get a lot of questions in my inbox about it. Why? How? Sometimes can I just bring my family over? Lol.
So I’ll answer those questions here.
Meal Planning: How and Why
Why I Meal Plan
I don’t meal plan cause I like to. I actually do it cause I’m lazy. And it makes my life easier.
I use to shop for the month, and then cook for the whole week on Sundays. That was when I was punching the clock. Now, since we moved, the way my fridge real estate is set up…. I can’t if I wanted to.
Before I had two full fridge/freezers AND a deep freezer. I would shop one good haul a month and then do spot grabs weekly if needed.
Now I have to shop weekly. So I just plan meals to make sure I am not buying stuff that just sits and expires or goes bad.
And again. The real estate problem.
How I Meal Plan
I cook enough on Sunday for leftovers on Monday. So Sunday dinner recipes I usually double.
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Tuesday is taco Tuesday. I normally find some sort of simple yummy taco recipe or just make plain ole tacos, turkey of course.
Wednesday and Thursday are whatever I make it to be. I always try for a meat and vegetable or sometimes a meatless meal. Anything extra (like carbs) is a bonus.
When I was ballin working a 9 to 5, I didn’t cook on Fridays or Saturdays. I felt like, I work all week and they give me weekends off, and so will the people I feed, dagonit.
But now since things are tight, I normally make a quick meal on Fridays. Burgers, sliders, pizza – something with minimum effort, maximum yum. Because it’s five of us and no matter where we go it’s gonna be at least forty bucks, we stepped down to only buying out on Saturdays. Kitchen is closed. Ya heard me?
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Make Menu Selections
I start with thinking about Sunday since it has to be something I can double easily for Monday.
Then I check Pinterest for recipe inspiration to see what kind of tacos we having for Taco Tuesday and any days I don’t have a plan.
I consider my Wednesday through Friday meals.
Write the plan
I sit down write it all out, check to see what ingredients I don’t have on hand already.
Then, I write out my shopping list, making sure I include all of the ingredients I will need for the week. Making sure to also include the regular items like bread, milk, eggs, etc.
I dream of the day we go back to at least a fridge and deep freezer so I can stock up a little bit, and even plan two weeks at a time. For now this is how it works.
Hit the aisles
I have a method for how I shop to maximize on savings on groceries that I will share later. I head to the store and get what is needed so that I am prepared for the week.
Meal planning makes it easier to eat healthier, save on trips to the store, and also keep within the budget because we are not grabbing food on the fly or eating out for lack of preparation. In my book that is winning all the way around!
I have included a printable meal planning sheet and shopping list. If you’d like, you can print them, laminate them and use a dry erase marker on them weekly. If you fancy you can put magnets on the back and stick it to the fridge too!
Hope this helps you get that whole balance thing down. Or at least start.