My biggest issue is the inconsistency of a schedule on a daily basis. Things come up almost every day last minute, and when they don’t I putter about waiting for something to come because it happens so often. I never use to meal plan, but I would know and have food ready to be cooked every day whether it was in a crock pot, from scratch, or left overs. Now it feels like cooking is daunting and it’s always been something I enjoy doing. So how do you meal prep and where do you begin?!
I’ve read that consistency is the key. Picking a few recipes that the family will enjoy each week consistently. Meatloaf or meatless Mondays, taco Tuesdays, etc. I expect this also helps a lot with a food budget because you can still buy things ahead on sale and in bulk.
Pick a day to shop and prep and be consistent.
Pick recipes and make a grocery list using local flyers to calculate costs and mark sales. Get family involved so that each person gets a favored meal during the week.
Develop easy recipe for dinner on shopping/prep day.
Write meal plan on a calendar so that everyone knows what to expect.
Buy a calendar!
Label items in the fridge for the day and date to be used, for added convenience.
I’m hoping to start this a bit sooner and ease into it. I hope to start planning a full week at the beginning of May.
Does anyone have any tips, blogs or recipes to share?