Meal Planning doesn’t have to be overcomplicated. Often, we choose to make it that way. Got 10 minutes? You can plan your meals for the whole month.
I have shared my thoughts before about it:
1. Let Your Kids Create the Menu
I regularly ask my kids what they want for dinner. Usually the answer is pizza, McDonald’s or Chick-Fil-A. Then, I add “that mom cooks.” I usually hear chicken, spaghetti, and sloppy joes. With a little prodding, I can usually get 10 ideas out of them. If I add a few easy favorites, I can easily come up with 25-30 ideas, leaving us room for a few sandwich nights or eating out.
2. Let Your Husband Create the Menu
When I ask my husband what he would like for dinner, I almost always get “whatever you feel like fixing.” Occasionally, I’ll get a special request for one of his favorites like Hamburgers & Gravy, meatloaf, or hamburgers. You can tell he is a so-not-a-vegetarian-meat-eating-sort-of-guy, right? Once
he tells me I think of 5-10 of his favorites and add some kid-friendly picks, I have a month’s worth of meals.
3. Rotate on a 30 Day Schedule
Whether you realize it or not, you probably eat the same thing. Unless of course, you’re a gourmet chef or testing out recipes for your new cookbook. If you’re a regular ol’ gal like me, pick about 10-15 meals your family enjoys (and you regularly have supplies for). If you have that meal 2-3 times on a repeating cycle, you’ve filled up the month.
There you have it! Three easy ways to meal plan in under 10 minutes.