Meal planning is probably one of the most fun, old-fashioned and time-honored weekly rituals. Every Friday, set a date to sit down, literally, and follow the steps below to make a delicious meal plan for my spouse and me that’s both realistic, exciting, filled with variety and best of all, something we both look forward to. If you want to do something different and more memorable than the old standby dinner, this is a great place to start. But if you’re tired of the same old meal plan, this isn’t the right page for you. In this article, I’ll outline a few ideas that work well for us and reveal a few secrets that I (and you) might not have heard of otherwise.
One thing I’ve always been good at is being able to choose recipes that are already tried and true. I know many couples who wouldn’t have any leftovers in their pantry if they only used their refrigerator and freezer properly, so they can save money by buying pre-made foods from the store. What I’ve found is that by choosing recipes that are well-known and loved by other people, you can avoid some of the hassles of cooking from scratch, which usually means spending a little bit more time in the kitchen and using more ingredients. It’s well worth it in the end, when you can sit back, relax and let the good times roll.
Another thing you can do is make it easy on yourself. Don’t forget the biggest enemy of meal plans: time! If you’re someone who can’t say no to a slice of pizza or a piece of home fries, chances are you’ll be eating leftovers. Sometimes it can be hard to not eat things that are close to what you already like to eat. Make it easy on yourself by planning your meals ahead of time, so you have an easy time choosing between your favorite dishes without having to make an unplanned menu change at the last minute.
When it comes to taking out, having a meal plan that makes it easy to choose from among your favorite takeout options is also important. Takeout places have their own unique styles, so there will be a few restaurants in your area that you might want to try, depending on where you live. I don’t know anyone whose heart hasn’t been set on trying KFC chicken fried steak, but who knows? The idea isn’t to get everything you can from every single restaurant in the area, but to try a few of them out and see how they measure up to your expectations. You never know, you may find out you love it so much you never have to take out again!
As you can see, meal plans that are built around the foods you love are both effective and efficient. You can have the most delicious meals possible, because you have plenty of options for meals you enjoy and those you don’t. You won’t be stuck in any one restaurant the entire week, because you can go from place to place quickly and easily. This flexibility is a big bonus, especially when you think about the cost savings you will have through using meal plans to organize your guest meals. You will also save money in gas, parking, and meals, because you will only drive where you need to go.
In summary: While there are many different types of meal prep systems available, the best meal plan is one that allows you to enjoy delicious meals throughout the week. Meal plans that let you order in according to what tastes good to you are not only more efficient, but they are more fun. A meal plan that allows you to eat out whenever you feel like it is also convenient and cost-effective. Most importantly, these meal plans allow you to eat healthy. So start planning those healthy meals now!