The one thing I struggle most with is meal planning. If you’re like me, you hate cooking, you hate trying to figure out what to eat, and you don’t ever have a meal plan in place. You may have your own reasons for hating cooking but the main reason I’ve found is that meal planning and cooking takes A LOT of time!
If you don’t like cooking, don’t worry, I’m here let you know that it is possible to provide your family with healthy meals. It is easier to avoid cooking when you are alone, but when you have a family to feed, you can’t depend on eating out daily. Plus eating out every day adds up! Trust me, I’ve spent a ton on eating out, and I felt miserable afterward. Sure it was easy to eat out, but nothing beats a healthy homecooked meal.
If you’re tired of:
- Eating junk food every day
- Feeling lazy and lethargic from non-healthy foods
- Not knowing what to buy at the grocery store
- Not knowing what to make with all those ingredients
- Not knowing what to cook for dinner
- Spending tons of money on fast food or eating out
- Not eating healthy vegetables regularly
Then meal planning is what you need in your life! You will need meal planning if your goal is to prepare healthy dinners for your family every night.If you need help meal planning but hate cooking, these tips will help you! Click To Tweet
Over the years, I’ve found some practical ways to meal plan even when you absolutely hate cooking. You can use my strategy below to meal plan and give your family healthy food
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1. GET SOMEONE TO MEAL PLAN FOR YOU
The easiest way to avoid meal planning is to have someone else do it for you. You hate cooking, grocery shopping, and meal planning and want it all laid out for you! No problem, get a friend or even a professional to meal plan for you. Over the internet, you will find some affordable services in your area that will send you healthy, plant-based meals with recipes. This will save you from meal planning as well as spending too much time in the kitchen cooking. Some meal planning services include Real Plans, Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and more! Figure out which will fit your budget and work for you and your family!
2. TAKE AT LEAST 10 MINUTES TO MEAL PLAN EVERY WEEK
You can get into the habit of meal planning sooner than later if you can schedule at least 10 minutes a week in your planner to meal plan. Find time within your schedule to plan to plan. Treat it like an appointment and make sure you do it! Over time, this will turn into a habit.
No need in trying to create a brand new meal each week. You are allowed to repeat what you used the previous week. But if you want to try new things, try just adding two new meals to spice things up.
While meal planning, fill in your meal outlines for each day of the week.
3. MAKE A LIST OF YOUR EASY RECIPES
Some recipes are reoccurring in most meals. Identify the recipes that are reoccurring and plan your meals around such recipes. Some examples of these recipes include:
- Scrambled eggs
- Peanut butter on whole wheat toast
- Roasted veggies
- Bean Chilli
This list will be your savior when you are feeling lazy and have no idea what to eat. Create this list in your planner or print it out and place it somewhere you can see. Keep these things stocked up in your kitchen so you always have something to eat.
4. CHOOSE SIMPLE & QUICK MEALS
Like I pointed out above, one of the major reasons most of us hate cooking is because it takes a lot of time. If such is the case with you, you can forget about trying to cook gourmet meals or meals that take hours to get ready, search for those easy to make meals.
Find slow cooker meals that take only minutes to prep. Use Pinterest or Google to find tasty quick meals. Plan your meals to reflect these simple and quick meals.
5. FOCUS ON DINNER
I believe that the most important meal as far meal planning is concerned is the dinner. You can quickly make your breakfast easily in the morning; lunches can be dinner left-overs. Your attention should be on planning your dinner.
You can make planning dinner easier by choosing 3 to 5 dinners that you’d enjoy eating for dinner and rotate them within the week. This means that you can repeat what you eat on Monday on Thursdays and what you eat on Tuesday on Friday.
I meal plan for only dinners
6. STOCK EMERGENCY BACK UP MEALS
It is a good idea to have a few backup meals on hand in the freezer or pantry. These are great for when you didn’t have time to go to grocery store. Your backup meal can be pasta with spaghetti sauce or whatever you choose it to be. Just ensure you have them around in case you really need them.
Note that the key to having a successful emergency backup meals it to use them only when you truly need them.
7. MEAL PLAN ON YOUR PHONE
Thank goodness for smartphones, you can store a lot of things on your phone nowadays. You can save your meal plan on your phone, the benefit is that you will know what to buy for dinner when you are in the store but didn’t actually write out or make any meal plan in your planner.
There are tons of app out there that can give you an idea of meal plans and recipes you need for dinner. If you are finding it difficult meal planning, you can find a meal planning app to help you. My personal favorite is by Real Plans, it is a paid service but I absolutely love that it sets up everything for you. They even have a schedule for you to let you know when you need to defrost something the night before or shop! Check it out here: Real Plans App
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