It’s New Years Eve, officially the last day of eating and drinking crap before the big detox come tomorrow morning. For those of you in this camp, intent on starting a ‘healthier lifestyle’ for 2017 but not quite sure how to go about it then this may be of some use.
I started meal planning a couple of years ago, the main reason was so that I didn’t have to ask/answer the “What do you want for dinner?” question every single night. It’s enough to drive you crazy especially when the answer is almost always, “I don’t mind..” -GAHHH!!
I also noticed that we were wasting a lot of food, it’d go bad before we got round to using it so lots of meat and veg would get thrown out each week. As I don’t have money to burn I figured that I had to take hold of the situation and sat down to write my first meal plan.
I began looking through the BBC Good Food website, Pinterest and cook books for recipe inspiration. I listed all of the recipes that I liked the sound of and *most importantly * were dead easy to make.
So every Sunday I write the days of the week and note next to each day if we have events or things that’d affect dinner that evening -e.g. running club on a Tuesday/ me seeing friends on a Thursday. From that I work out who will cook each night- we take it in turns as both work full time so it’s only fair. From that I’ll plot in dinners. If I’m out one night for example I’d put a simple ‘one man dinner’ on the rota for the other half because who wants to spend hours slaving over dinner when it’s a meal for one? If it’s a running club night we’ll opt for something quick but a little more ‘carby’ than other nights.
Once you have your dinners planned then write down the ingredients needed for the week and do a food shop, I order groceries online as not a fan of trawling around the supermarket with a trolley and queuing. It also means that I can search for items without scrolling through deals and offers on junk food, nobody needs that temptation.
This meal planning lark may sound like a pain in the arse but it does save a lot of time during the week and also helps you make healthier choices. Take the decision away each day so there’s no opportunity to make bad choices after a stressful day at the office.
Put the meal plan and cooking rota up somewhere central – mine goes on the fridge so everybody knows what’s going on and can’t complain! You can even get a fancy Dinner Planner Pad like this one below from Kikki K.
Do you meal plan? How do you share out cooking duties?