Meal planning is how I keep sane in my mad world.
Back in 2011 my husband and I decided we had to change how we bought and cooked food. We realised we were spending way too much on our weekly food shopping and simply weren’t getting good value for money. I started meal planning and promptly halved our weekly food bills, and ended up with tastier, healthier, more varied meals to boot.
When you’re rushing around between work, school, nursery, after-school clubs, play dates, ballet/swimming/singing lessons and dentist/doctor/vet appointments, and trying to fit in the gardening/DIY/hoovering and so on and on ad nauseum, I find it helps massively to have something you can control and manage. Meal plans keep the howling wolves of madness at bay (just).
Here are some examples of recent meal plans – perhaps they’ll give you a few ideas? I try to include as many recipes as I can on the blog, but if you see something on a meal plan you like the look of but can’t find a recipe, let me know and I’ll see what I can do!
Weekly meal plans
And in case it’s helpful, here’s a blank meal planner template.