~Crystal, Owner of Cloud Nine Organizing
-by Shelley Wall
Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut making the same meals week after week? I know trying to come up with new dinner ideas and planning your meals for the week can be a little intimidating, maybe even overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be! Meal planning can be so easy. All it takes is a little organization!
We all know that getting organized makes everything easier. Well, that’s also true when it comes to making a meal plan. Creating a simple system is the first step to becoming a successful meal planner. All you need is some paper, a pen, scissors and a container (jar, cup, basket – almost anything will work).
Get your family involved. Ask them what their favorite foods are. Create the longest list possible, keeping in mind that you can always add to it later.
Once you have a good list, cut it into strips so that only one meal is on each strip of paper. Fold the strips, and put them in your container. Shake it up. Pull out seven random strips of paper, and that’s your dinner menu for the week. Easy!
Write the meals down on your calendar, a sheet of paper or a dry erase board. Then, return the strips of paper to the container to be reused. You can add new meal ideas to your container at any time. You can use separate containers for lunch ideas and breakfast ideas. TIP: Use small, stackable containers , with the paper strips inside, to store under the counter or in the pantry until you need them.
Make a quick grocery list, and go get the items you need. When you bring them home, clean and prep food before you put it away. You are much more likely to follow your meal plan each week when everything is clean and ready to use. Once meal planning becomes a weekly habit, you might even find yourself saving money and feeling better too!
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