It just makes sense. Got a busy week coming up? Start thinking about what you can make to eat that is easy, quick and keeps you fueled up and healthy. Get in the habit of taking a few minutes to think about your upcoming week and what your meals will be. Jot down a grocery list. Do your shopping for the week with just one stop at the grocery store.
So why is it helpful to have a meal-plan for the week?
- Saves time
- Saves money
- You will eat healthier
- Prevents you from chewing your hand off in moments of starvation ; )
- Life is better when you have a plan for dinner – less stress
- Eating will be more enjoyable
Take a Hike:
Check what you have in the cupboard and the freezer. Have fun thinking about meals that make your salivary glands drool. Take 15-30 minutes and jot down 4-5 days worth of ideas for dinner. If you’re on a roll, throw in breakfast, lunch and/or snacks. Look at a couple recipes if you are in a creative mood. Bang out a grocery list on your phone. Grab your reusable bags and hit the store.
Make sure you have eaten before you go or it could cost you an arm and a leg ………Hangry shopping is expensive.
If you are extra ambitious, you can start thinking about meal prep for the week too. Not talking about creating a weeks worth of meals but rather getting a head start on a week’s worth of dinners.
- Frying up hamburger on Sunday to be used for Tuesday Tacos, spaghetti, tater tot casserole.Try adding garlic and onion for added flavor. (If you are not going to use the hamburger in the next 2 days, go ahead and freeze it. It will be there when you want to start a meal down the road.)
- Cook up chicken to be used for enchiladas, chicken/rice/veggie casseroles, chicken and veggie stir fry. Freeze as needed to be used throughout the week.
Get all your food ready to go on the weekend and then just coast through your week. Get home from work, open the fridge and tadaa! Food ready to go. Life is good.
See our post on foods to have in your cupboard in Hangry? Be Prepared.