The one preparation tip that is the starting point for success meal planning is to start off with a menu plan for the week. This sometimes seems like a time consuming chore, but in the long run, it saves a lot of time, money, and stress.
In order to make your menu planning a quick and smooth process use the theme night preparation tip. This is a very simple method of planning a theme for each night of the week. Monday could be pasta night. Tuesday might be soup night. Other themes for the rest of the week could be fish, pizza, chicken, vegetarian, beef, Italian, and my favorite—one pot meal night.
There are many ways to organize this. If you have a large family, it is useful to have a large calendar on the wall and designate what the theme for each night will be. Then members of the family can write suggestions or even post a recipe they found online or in a magazine on the particular day that it is applicable. If your family is smaller or you do all the planning yourself you can just use a desktop calendar that is just used for meal planning. You can just slip any recipes you may want to try in the calendar and they are conveniently there for you on meal planning day.
I can’t overemphasize the fact that planning your meals before going to the grocery store will be one of the most stress reducing things you can do in your daily life. It gets rid of the panic hour between 4:30 and 5:30 when you are trying to decide what to cook for dinner and deciding if it is too late to thaw whatever you want to cook.
If you have any other stress reducing techniques you would like to share when it comes to cooking, we would love to hear from you in the comment box below. Also, share this with all cooks you know because no matter what their stage or position in life, we all need a little help in the area of meal planning.