I am married to the cheapest man on the planet, and even he agreed it was about the same/less then we'd pay buying things at the grocery store, plus it's delivered, AND organic. We save so much time, it's unreal.
So here's the breakdown, how I make it so simple.
Choose 3-4 different breakfast options.
Choose 8-10 snack items
Choose 5-7 different lunch options.
Choose 15-25 different dinner options.
Once you have your master list, based on your own circumstances/preferences, plan your meals accordingly.
This is where I went so wrong before... I would spend 2 hours browsing pinterest for meal ideas to try, then have to read the recipe, write out a list, save the recipe, and realistically never went back when it came time to cook. By having a master list, I know how to make everything. I know what I need. I know what my family likes! It is wonderful.
I don't use a meal planner printable, but there are hundreds of free options online if that's your thing. I have a day planner that I use to write lesson plans, meal plans, and workout schedule all in one (Here is where I give a shameless shoutout to Bikini Body Mommy for the free, fast, effective workouts that any mom can fit in.).
Now, what kind of wannabe-blogger would I be if I didn't share my list?
So here it is.
Granola and yogurt
Pancakes and fruit
Eggs and toast
Muffin or quick bread and fruit (This in itself allows for many different options)
Smoothie - good way to use up whatever is on hand
Berries, or grapes and Nuts
Peanut butter yogurt fruit dip with sliced fruit - apples, banana, etc.
Homemade granola bars
sugar-free Dried fruit
Raw veggies with dip
Cheese and crackers
Grilled Cheese with cucumber
Salad with egg and cheese
Turkey spinach meatballs/burger patty and sweet potato fries
Chicken nuggets and fries with veg of choice
Ham sandwiches or wraps
Mary's crackers with PB&J, raw veggies
Curry chicken stir fry with brown rice
Chicken bok choy (Or other green) one-pot pasta
Summer vegetable pasta salad with pork chops
Fried rice (with whatever ground meat we have on hand)
Crock pot Roast beef with potatoes, onions and carrots
Pulled pork with coleslaw and homemade biscuits
Crock Pot chicken pot pie stew
Chicken drumsticks, corn on the cob, and salad
Creamy chicken pasta with bacon and broccoli
One pot Mexican Quinoa
Baked chicken with Mashed potatoes and steamed veg or salad
Chicken Parmesan with whole wheat pasta and veg loaded sauce
Beef and Broccoli stir fry with brown rice
Sweet and Sour Pork with mixed vegetables
Turkey burgers and zucchini fries
Sausage Pepper Mushroom hash
Mushroom Risotto with chicken breast
Ham and bell pepper cauliflower "alfredo" pasta
What are your meal planning tricks? Or do you just wing it?
If you try out this method, let me know how it works for you! I hope it helps out!