Do you every get burned out on meal planning, grocery shopping, and thinking about what’s for dinner?
So do I!
In this video, I share one way I can easily put healthy dinners on the table for our homeschooling family of 6, without spending hours meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking.
Why meal planning is a good idea
Confession time: I haven’t always been a meal planner, and to this day there are weeks here and there when I skip the meal plan and wing it. And then I remember why I started planning our meals to being with and I hop right back on the bandwagon.
Meal planning is a great way to:
- save time
- save money
- save you from decision fatigue
HOW TO MAKE A MEAL PLAN YOU CAN STICK TO
When creating or adjusting your meal plan, here are a few things to ask yourself:
1) What matters most to me when it comes to dinner?
Are you a foodie, or are you just trying to get your basic nutrients in? Do you enjoy cooking, or are you just trying to get dinner done?
2) How much time do I want to spend preparing meals?
Are you busy outside of the home during the week? Are you holding down a job? Can you prepare 15, 30, 45, 60 minute meals? Do you have a partner and/or kids who are able to use a stove and contribute to getting dinner on the table? (Hey homeschoolers–cooking class anyone?)
3) How much money do I have budgeted for groceries?
You can get pretty creative with your grocery budget with a little research and planning. Are you willing to spend a little more on high quality ingredients to feed your family, or is spending as little as possible on meals your top priority?
Meal planning doesn’t have to be all-consuming. It is simply a tool to obtain what matters most to you in your home and family. Be open to ways to simplify the process, even if that means taking a break altogether. Using a meal kit–if you can make it work for your family–is one way to experience rest so that you can focus on connecting with your people.
DISCLAIMER: This post is not sponsored in any way. This is just one mom sharing to another how incorporating a meal kit can bring refreshment to your dinner routine.