If you aren’t meal planning, let me tell you how much easier it has made my life!!
Before, I’d get home from work and my husband wouldn’t know what to make or I would do the same when I was home with the kids. Grocery shopping was sooooo much more expensive because we typically just grabbed random things that would make up a meal. Then, we’d end up wasting food because we wouldn’t know how to add it into a meal that we made or we would think of something to eat but then wouldn’t have all the ingredients needed.
Meal planning workbs amazing for us because we love to cook our own meals! We know how expensive and unhealthy it is to go out and eat. Yes, it’s convenient because you don’t have to clean up or wait for the food to be made ** but you would be waiting the same amount of time it would take to just make healthier versions in your own home. In your home, you know the exact ingredients you’re putting in your meals. Plus, you get so much more food when you cook at home! Leftovers are a life saver for me and my family!!
The biggest issue we have found with meal planning is the actual picking of the meals. Typically, we pick meals on Friday at dinner or we will each think of one or two meals that we agree on. Once we agree on one, we write it down on one side of our dry erase board and then on the other side of the board we make a list of all ingredients needed for the week. Recently, my friend sent me an app she recommended called Mealime. It has options if you’re vegan, keto, paleo, and more! You can even put in dietary intolerances and dislikes! So far, I have just used the free version, but they have a Pro version for $5.99/month or $49.99/year. This takes all of the headaches out of meal planning because it makes a list for your groceries too!
Have you tried Mealime? Do you plan your weekly meals? If not, what works for you and your family?