Whether you are a mum to be, a mummy already or someone in charge of the all the cooking, a monthly meal planner goes a long way in organising you home for the weeks ahead. Over the last few years, I have tried a few different things to save money and time. There have been a few fails and many winners, but it wouldn’t have been easy without my trust list below!
- Download a monthly planner. Here’s one I made earlier 🙂 Monthly Meal Planner
- Make a list of your family’s favourite ingredients and recipes. It might be an idea to ask everyone for a score at the end of the meal to keep track of what works and what doesn’t.
- Bulk buy your ingredients and prep the meats along with anything else that can be frozen. I tend to buy a big pack of chicken breasts for example and separate them into four portions. You can marinate them in your favourite sauce before freezing, so give that go too! I leave the fresh vegetables to be prepared on the day.
- Date the frozen meats, so you know what meat is for what day. This also helps when it comes to storing your food in the freezer.
- Set reminders on your phone to buy any fresh items on the day or during the week. I buy vegetables fresh once a week for salads or baking.
- Don’t forget to use The Eatwell Guide to ensure your family is eating a balanced meal depending on their dietary requirements.
- Account for special days/dinners out where possible. If I miss a family meal, I just use the meat and ingredients for that day at the end of the month or the following day. Do what works for you and enjoy!
Let me know how you get on. I will post a few of my favourite recipes in a separate post. Don’t forget to comment, like and share 🙂