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Family Meal Planning Made Easy

As moms, we have hectic lives. Whether we work out of the home, in the home or look after the kids full time, we certainly have our jobs cut out for us. We clean, chauffer the kids around, mend scraped knees, help with homework, do laundry and on top of all that we STILL have to figure out what we’re going to make for dinner each night.

Here are a few tips to take the pain out family meal plotting:

First, choose a silent time once a week when you have enough time to sit down and prepare your menu for the week ahead.

Look through your cupboards, fridge and freezer and make a mental note of all the food you already have in there.

Start with the food you’ll need for dinner. Plot your next weeks dinner menu around the food you already have. So for example, if you have pasta, simply add pasta sauce and ground beef to your list.

Plot as many dinner meals as you can around what you have in your kitchen already. Once you “run out” of meals then start plotting new meals from scratch.

Once you have all your dinner meals then go on to breakfast. In my house this is honestly simple as my kids like to have cereal and fruit or toast and fruit (they’re not very adventurous at breakfast time!)

Once breakfast is sorted, then go on to lunch. If you have older kids who have school lunches you don’t really have much to worry about. If you have toddlers or younger children, a lot of the times they can really have leftovers from the night before.

Lastly, add snacks, fruit, juice, milk and all those small extras we always seem to need.

Keep your weekly food shopping at that, once a week. Plot your weekly meals and do one shopping trip. If you have to keep going back and forth to the supermarket a few times a week, you can end up spending more money.

Stick your weekly menu on your fridge so all you have to do is glance at it in the mornings and take out whatever meat needs thawing and you can also make a mental note of how much time you’ll need to prepare dinner that night.

I guarantee if you take the time to do this once a week, you’ll really save time and certainly save money. So it pays to plot ahead and be prepared.

With a small thought and plotting ahead you’ll be on your way to hassle-free meal times… now if you could only get your kids to eat all their veggies!

Mila Sidman is a mom of three and the creator of simple-kid-recipes.com simple-kid-recipes.com.

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