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When I meal plan, my week goes so much smoother compared to when I don’t.
This is what my week looks like with no meal plan…
7 am: wake up
8 am: start working
1 pm: Think to myself “I should probably decide what we’re having for dinner”.
4 pm: “Dang it, I forgot to make the meat out of the freezer. Let’s order pizza”.
Or some other variation of this.
Now I know that there are a ton of different ways that you can meal plan/meal prep and I’m not put together enough to be at the point where I am cooking/prepping meals on Sunday for the entire week, but I have gotten pretty good about at least planning what we are having each day so that mealtime goes a lot smoother.
Life Changing Meal Planning Hacks
You probably already use Pinterest to find new recipes, but do you actually use Pinterest to plan your meals out?
On your Pinterest account, you can create boards for your weekly meal plans. I create them under “secret boards” so it doesn’t clog up my profile, but it works the same way if you make them public boards.
I title them “Meal Plan 10/15-10/21” or whatever days that plan is for. I keep them in the correct week’s board so that I can go back and find the recipe when I’m ready to cook it.
Make Your Grocery List
From my Pinterest board, I make my grocery list. I start by writing the specific meal in my At-A-GLANCE Notebook, underlining it, and then writing the ingredients needed below that.
Then I repeat for the next meals! Now, when I go to cook the meals I just have to grab my notebook (which I carry around for everything) and I can see what ingredients need to be taken out for that recipe.
Also, if I ever don’t have time for pinning and writing down new recipes I can always go back in my notebook and pull a grocery list from a couple of weeks ago and make the same meals! SO SIMPLE.
Plan Out Your Meals
After I get our actual meals planned for the week I write them down in my At-A-GLANCE Planner. If you are anything like me you need a lot of room to write in your planner and that’s why I love using At-A-Glace.
I’ve already got my 2018 planners, that’s how big of a planner nerd I am.
Each morning I check my planner to see what meal is on the schedule and I take out what I need, thaw the meat, or throw it in the crockpot that way when the evening rolls around I am already prepared.
Doing my meal planning this way has been a game changer. Evenings in our house are always so hectic with Braylee being tired and hungry, Brandon just getting home from work, and me trying to wrap up the house for bedtime so being prepared really changes how well our evenings go.
Now the best part of doing your meal planning this way is being able to repeat/mix and match. You have your grocery lists in your notebook (write the dates at the top to make them easier to find!), your schedule in your planner, and your recipes in your Pinterest boards.
Once you have a few weeks built up you can start repeating the weeks or mixing around meals. The hard work is already done!