Sometimes we hear from customers that even with a tool like Plan to Eat, the process of planning meals and actually getting them on the table can feel daunting. If you are new to meal planning and aren’t sure where to start, this post is for you!
Step 4: Set your time to shop or order your food from an online grocery delivery service.
Go ahead and mark it on your calendar so you know that you’ll have everything in time for your planned meals. This is also helpful to choose who is going to do the shopping, or if you know that you’ll have multiple stores to shop at.
Extra Tip: Stock your pantry
My final tip is that it’s always a great idea to stock your pantry and freezer with a couple of meals that you can pull out when plans change or you’re short on time, because let’s face it – even the best plans get hijacked every once in a while. A jar of spaghetti sauce can easily provide a quick upgrade from plain ol’ chicken tenders to chicken parmesan using ready-made staples – your family won’t even know that you didn’t plan this special meal just for them.
I know that sometimes it feels overwhelming to make a meal plan, and for those times I recommend to just K.I.S.S. (keep it simple sweetie). Start by picking a few menu items that you know you can make easily and just get ingredients for those. Even if you only plan a few meals for the week you’re still taking steps to make your life easier and calm the chaos.
I hope these steps have helped make meal planning manageable for you. If you want even more help with learning to meal plan I’d love to share my upcoming 3-week group coaching program:
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Christopher enjoys a great glass of juice, eating grains that he has never heard of, and seeing how much spinach he can sneak into his children's smoothies. MOREThey let him know when he goes too far. He also spends his days wandering the food blogosphere as he does his work for Plan to Eat. He likes to share what he finds, and tips about how to better use Plan to Eat, here on the Plan to Eat blog.
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