Meal planning is something that’s grown massively popular in recent years, and for good reason. It’s a game changer for anyone who implements it. It saves money, saves time, and is a great way to ensure that the whole family is regularly eating nutritious home cooked foods. If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of meal planning, or perhaps you’ve not even heard of it, then in this post, we’re going to share with you some of the ways that meal planning is a great thing to get started with and why it’s the way forward for busy families.
It saves money:
Money is one of the biggest things that people notice they have more of when they start meal planning. If you’ve ever found yourself wandering aimlessly around the supermarket wondering what to buy for dinner and then you find yourself buying a load of stuff that either never gets eaten or that you just buy for the sake of buying, then meal planning is definitely something you should try. The great thing about it is, you’ll get more savvy as you go, and since you’re looking for specific ingredients when meal planning for each recipe then you’re not going to get distracted by random purchases.
It saves time:
The second best thing about meal planning is that it saves massive amounts of time on both shopping and cooking, so it’s something that is amazing if you work during the day and don’t have a lot of time to spend cooking at night. You can batch your cooking or even just prep your ingredients for when you need them and this will save so much time that you’ll wonder why you didn’t start with meal planning earlier.
It saves mess:
People who plan their meals tend to go for batching them as well, and this is a great thing because it means that all your meals are being cooked or prepped in one go instead of daily and then you’re not going to have the mess that you’ll have each night after cooking. You can also buy food storage containers that you can use to eat from as well so there’s no plates to wash up afterwards or you can simply pop them in the dishwasher if you have one.
Often when you’re tired after a long day at work, you might buy something quick from the supermarket or even just order a takeaway, and although this is fine once in a while, it’s not the most healthy choice. When you take the time to plan your meals out for the week, you tend to go for quick, but healthy recipes such as soups and things like this speedy beef stroganoff that the whole family will love. These foods are simple and quick, but also highly nutritious.
Meal planning can actually be quite fun if you approach it with the right mindset. You’ll have fun exploring new recipes, and even batching an prepping can be quite relaxing and enjoyable.