Another week, another fresh opportunity for being organised and on top of the weekly meals. You might have found a new method for getting organised that promises to have you scheduled with sharp precision, but before long you find yourself back to old ways.
Why? Because the golden rule of meal planning is to follow the method that best suits you. For some, that’s making a written list, for others it’s an online system or a kitchen whiteboard. So, stay true to one method, follow through with it and make sure to consider these 5 top tips for meal planning:
1. Collect your family’s favourite recipes
Finding recipes that satisfy the whole family can be a little bit of a challenge, particularly if your household has a fussy eater or two. So when you find a gem, make sure to save it. A great system for doing this, is by making personalised cookbooks on myfoodbook and then collecting your favourite recipes in these books.
Once you save your favourites, you can easily interchange these when planning the weekly meals!
2. Find the system that works for you
It’s all well and good to find a system that promises pure organisation, but if it doesn’t suit you, then it’s best to find a meal planning system that does. Different ideas include using a template or having a written system that has a allocated spot in your kitchen.
3. Consider your schedule
This may seem obvious, but planning to make the most complicated dish on your busiest working day is probably not a good idea. Think about your families schedule and play to this when planning your meals. If you get home late on a Monday, try a quick salad recipe. If you know that you’re entertaining on a Friday, pick something a little more special or a pick a recipe that is good for feeding a crowd.
4. Make a little extra
We may be breaking all rules by declaring this – but… Shock horror, it’s okay to have leftovers for dinner. If your weekly schedule has an extra busy day, then simply double the batch of dinner from the previous night so you are ready to go.
By making a little extra, you can also cover the next days lunch too!
5. Introduce food themed nights
Spaghetti bolognese night is definitely still a thing! Extend this theme a little further to cover the week. For example, you might make Monday night salad night or Thursday night, pasta night. This idea is great for organisation, but still ensures that you have a variety as you can change around your recipes each week.
Here’s an example of a Monday – Friday weekly meal plan that might work well at your house