Easy Meal Planning

Having a plan

Sometimes I am exhausted after work, housework, and the kids extra curricular activities. Cooking dinner for the family can be stressful and very time-consuming. That is if you don’t have a plan in place first.

I like to meal plan for the next week and buy my groceries according to this. I write down all the meals that I am going to cook for dinner that week, and keep the list handy. Sticking it to your fridge is a great option, and this helps to keep the meals you have chosen to the forefront of your mind.

Something that has helped me immensely is a recipe folder. It is my go-to every week for my meal plans. I put in any recipe I want to try, plus keep all the recipes we have tried – and liked. I initially got this folder from Kmart, and have seen that they still have them there now. It has dividers, which I have labelled as:

  • Chicken meals
  • Mince meals
  • Soups
  • Pasta dishes
  • Other sides & meals
  • Breads
  • Dressings & Sauces
  • Muffins & Cakes
  • Biscuits & Slices
  • Desserts

I have bought more clear sleeves as I have needed them.

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Every Monday, I sit down and rifle through my folder. I pick out what I will make each night for dinner. When I buy a recipe magazine and find recipes I would like to try – I will add them to the folder. This prevents me from having hundreds of magazines taking up space. It also means if I only like two recipes from a magazine – I can just take those. It keeps all my recipes in one spot.

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Also if you find recipes you like online, you can either print them off and add them to the folder – or write them down and add them that way.

My kids have fun looking through the recipes and picking out what meals we can have in the next week.

Jaimi

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