In this fast-paced life that we all live in this day and age, it can be hard to stay on top of everything. Moms have to remember kids schedules, work deadlines, house chores, and every other small detail. It can be quite exhausting. One of these tasks can be simplified – weekly meals for your family. Here are a few tips on how to save time and your sanity by planning out your weekly meals:
Get the Family’s Input
To cut down on complaining and having to make additional foods for picky eaters, ask your family what they want to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the week. Obviously, this will be within reason. But, if your husband likes baked ziti and your daughter likes tacos, why not try to incorporate them at some point during the week? You can also take everyone’s favorites and put a little twist on them from week to week.
For example, if everyone in the family loves boneless chicken breast, mix it up by looking up new things to do with it. Perhaps a different seasoning or adding it to a rice or pasta dish will keep things fresh? Don’t be afraid to try new foods too! Sometimes when kids try a dish enough times, they start to enjoy it. The more input you have from everyone involved, the more ideas for meals and knowledge you will have that they will eat most of what you have planned out.
Use Technology To Your Advantage
There are a wide variety of computer programs and internet apps/sites that allow you to print tables and chart that will fit your planning needs. A table with as many rows and columns as days of the week and meals you will need to plan is likely to work best. Think of something similar to the lunch menu that your child’s school send home, but to include breakfast and dinner. A clean table will give you room to add everything you want to include in that particular meal too.
Make a Trip For Ingredients
Once you have your table or list of weekly meals mapped out, plan on big a grocery store run for all of the ingredients you will need for the upcoming week. Saturday nights or Sunday mornings work really good for this because then you can use Sunday to prep anything that might take longer to make throughout the week. Maybe you have a casserole scheduled for Tuesday night’s dinner? This would be a good time to prepare it and place it in the freezer or fridge until it’s time to cook it. You won’t have to do this with all of your meals. You wouldn’t want to cook your taco meat 3 days in advance after all! However, picking up everything you will need for each meal you’ve planned will cut out the headaches and last minute runs to the grocery store.
Planning your weekly menu ahead of time will be a real time saver! Sure, it will take a little while to get into the swing of mapping everything out, but once you get used to it you will really be amazed on the amount of time you will have for other activities and to spend with your family.