Tips and Tricks to Make Meal Planning Easier
Do you enjoy meal planning but sometimes find yourself getting bored of the eating the same foods, or making meals that don’t last a full week? Are you new to meal planning and trying to find the best way to start? If the answer is yes to either of those questions, here are five of our best tips and tricks to make meal planning easier for you at home!
Plan Your Meals Around Your Life
Planning your weekly meals around your daily life and weekly activities can be essential to living a healthier lifestyle. If you’re someone who is busy during the day or night, you probably don’t have that much time to try out any new recipes. The best way to start incorporating meal planning into your routine is by making it a priority. Simply blocking out some time in your scheduled solely dedicated to meal planning shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes a week. Remember, consistency is key!
Create Your Grocery List for The Week
While you are writing out your meal plan, it can be beneficial to start your grocery list with the ingredients you’ll need for your recipes that week. Planning to go to the grocery store only once a week is a huge time saver, and will allow you more time for prepping, cooking, and even relaxing. Sticking to your list and shopping for what you need can save you a lot of money on your grocery bill.
Include Easy to Make Meals in Your Routine and Repurpose Leftovers
Incorporating simple meals into your weekly routine has never been easier with the help of Crock Pots and Instant Pots. There are many slow cooker recipes that you can find online, but here are some of Absopure’s favorite easy meal ideas:
- Beef Stroganoff
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Pork
- Slow Cooker Chili
- Shrimp Taco Bowls
- Baked Lime Chicken Bowls
- Breakfast Egg Muffins
- Chicken, Rice and Broccoli Bowls
Cooking with these common small kitchen appliances allow you to prepare multiple meals that can be spread out throughout the week. Doubling up on a recipe can provide additional ready-to-go meals for the entire family, or can be frozen to be enjoyed later without going to waste. Also, you will be happy to know that certain foods taste a lot better on the second day!
Invest in Good Containers
Sifting through multiple storage containers to make a plate of leftovers can be time consuming, and often discouraging when in a hurry. To avoid that urge to run through the drive thru, try portioning out each meal using individual containers when prepping your meals for the week. This tip can make heating your food more convenient for when you are busy and on the go!
Find a Place to Keep Your Favorite Recipes
There are many different ways to store your favorite cooking recipes. If you’re someone who loves to stay organized using your phone, using an app like Pinterest could be a good idea! If you have never used Pinterest before, think of it like a virtual bulletin or vision board. On Pinterest, you can create boards about anything and finding delicious, healthy recipes is no problem. Many love using Pinterest to follow their favorite food bloggers and sign up for updates about their latest recipes. For those who prefer a more traditional approach, keeping your favorite meal prep recipes in a cookbook is always a great idea!
Meal planning can be super easy, fun, and convenient. You don’t have to eat the same meals every day and can switch it up to your liking. Start small and watch how a well-thought meal plan can improve your lifestyle! Lastly, it’s important to have proper hydration plan alongside your meals – a bottle of Absopure is a hydration plan already prepped!
What keeps you inspired and motivated to meal prep during the week? Any tips that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!