The one thing I hate hearing is, “What’s for dinner?” After a long day of shuffling the kids around, the last thing I want to think about is: What am I going to cook for dinner? I like having a plan in place. Bonus points if I have even pre prepped some of those meals!! If I don’t plan we end up eating junk, and that’s not what we want to do. For me, the struggle is trying to feed four people, two of them being ridiculously picky. As in will not only gag but actually throw up if they eat a vegetable. I also have to pack lunches for my husband and son every day, and my daughter a couple of times during the week. I find it easiest if we keep breakfast and lunch the same, and they tend to be our weekly staples.
How many meals do you need to make?
I know that for my family of four I need to make breakfast for my tiny humans, and my husband and I usually do coffee and a smoothie. Because I am on a different meal plan than my husband I typically will have something to eat after my morning workout. Then I have four lunches and two to three dinners. Yes, I am a slave to my kitchen. So on a good day I’m nine meals a day. Sheesh!!! Now that I type that out, I have to change that immediately!!
Plan Your Menu
Next I start writing down my menu for the week. Breakfast and lunches are the same every week. I search Pinterest to get some dinner ideas. I try to make sure I have nice balanced meals; protein and vegetables.
I like to try to group meals together so I can keep our grocery bill down. Example, if I am making salads, I get spinach because I can use it in other meals during the week.
Start Your List
Then I begin writing down my shopping list. I start with the staples; breakfast and lunches. As I am writing the menu I am creating my shopping list. I divide my list by the stores I shop at the most. I try to get almost everything at Trader Joe’s, but if you have shopped there, you know they don’t carry a lot of items.
This is a sample of what my fancy menu plan looks like.