The new year is finally here — Happy 2019!
What are your intentions for this year? Are you planning to try out a vegan lifestyle? Be more organized? Get more sleep? Spend less money so you can save? I’ve always love the idea of a good resolution. Something that feels approachable and achievable, yet gives me something to work for. This year I’m jumping back into weekly meal plans so we can work on saving more of our money, and what better time to start than the first week of January!
My partner and I used to meal plan every week and swore by it.
Having a plan allowed us to:
- manage both of our schedules when we worked different hours or had classes at odd times
- spend less money grocery shopping because we didn’t buy all the things that we thought looked good at the time, only to end up with too much food in our fridge and pantry
- Meal prep for the week to minimize cooking on weeknights when we’re tired from work
While cooking on the fly and creating something new is fun, I think we can all agree that having a plan in place definitely makes busy weeks seem more manageable! Not to mention avoids missing ingredients and having to run out to the store just ask you start dinner.
One of the biggest obstacles I hear from people about meal planning is that they’d love to but don’t know where to start. Or, they don’t have the time to sit down to plan ahead and make a list. I hear that, I was there before we started too! So, I thought, why not start sharing my meal plans?
Meal planning can seem daunting, especially if you haven’t tried it before. Sitting down and planning what you want to eat a week ahead of time can also be tricky, especially if you like to eat what you’re feeling like that day. This was my biggest challenge when I started because I don’t like to repeat meals. I’ll eat leftovers for lunch, but don’t enjoy eating the same dinner twice in a week. Perhaps I’m crazy, but my taste buds love variety! Many meal plans rely on doubling up on meals to save on costs and time, but it just doesn’t work for me. So, I worked to create something that works for us and thought I’d share it with you!
Every Friday (I’ll try my best!) I’ll post our meal plan for the coming week. We always plan Saturday to Thursday because we get groceries on Saturday. This way, any meal prep we need to do can be done on Sundays. We prefer this method so everything feels more broken up — but do what works for you!
I hope sharing this information will be helpful to anyone needing some help planning or perhaps some inspiration to get out of the dinner rut!
Happy cooking my friends!