Updated: Jul 30
Summer has wrapped up and kids are going back to school. We're on the eve of another hyper-busy fall schedule and August is a great time to re-establish those healthy routines. One of those routines is meal planning for the week. Out of the three main meals of the day, dinner seems to be the trickiest when planning and preparing. You're at the end of your own very busy work day and carting your children around town. The last thing on you want to do is spend time in the kitchen but it's a neccasity if you value your familie's nutrition.
Cooking in bulk is the best way to save time in the kitchen, at the grocery store, and can alleviate the "what do we have for dinner" stress. When you have everything ready to go, your food choices will become healthier. When you have a weekly plan to go off of, that can also make things that much easier as well.
Here are some tips on how to you can meal plan:
Meal plan on Sundays for 4-6 dinners
Make a list
Stick to your list
Buy in bulk and cook in bulk.
Buy your family favorites
Write your meals down and have it somewhere you see.
Keep a list of family favorites so you aren't having to re-invent the wheel.
Do your best not to overcomplicated the plan. The goal is to decrease stress, not add to it. Here is a sample suggestion you can consider as you plan out your week.
Sunday: Cook chicken breasts in bulk. Cut up vegetables for Monday and Tuesday.
Monday: Chicken and stir-fry vegetables with bok choy, carrots, celery, and baby corn.
Tuesday: Baja chicken tacos. *Top tip: saute' the veggetables in a Baja Seasoning or Cajun Seasoning. Serve with fresh cilantro and lime to make the dish flavorful. Use the chicken you cooked on Sunday.
Wednesday: Vegetarian Night.
Thursday: Fish Night.
Friday: Family favorite.
Sat/Sun: Pending on family.
You can also search the internet for some great weekly meal planning examples. Don't overcomplicate it. This task is meant to help you make your life easier!
Have a top tip that works for your family? Let us know!