Life Binder: Meal Planning

When I first heard of meal planning, I thought it was only for people with families. My second semester of college, meal planning changed my life. I started eating healthier and wasting less food. Some people plan their meals for an entire month. Personally, I would not be able to stick to that. I would end up changing an entire week, erasing another, and it would be all bad. 

Building the meal planning section takes time.

  • Discover new foods. Ask grandma for recipes. Check out allrecipes.com. I also love the Yummly app!
  • Set aside a time to meal plan. Typically, I create my meal plan on Saturday or Sunday night and grocery shop on Monday. Not everyone's schedule allows that. Not everyone goes grocery shopping every week like me. If you grocery shop every two weeks consider planning for every two weeks.
  • Know how much you need.  If you tend to make bigger meals, plan a leftovers day to avoid food waste.  If you aren't a big fan of left overs, don't be afraid to half the recipe.
  • Understand that you do not have to cook every single day.  You may choose to eat out one day.  Some people even choose to cook all of their meals on one day and freeze them. 

How to be successful

  • Discovering new foods: Try at least one new fruit or veggie with every trip to the grocery store.
  • Making time: Set a reoccurring event on your phone's calendar (or alarm) to go off at the same time every week.
  • Cooking for friends: Personally, I would cook for my friends. It gives me a chance to try new recipes. It also gives me a reference measure for serving sizes and future recipe adjustments.

 

Promised Printables

A conversion chart so you know how much you actually need. Click on the picture to receive the worksheet.

A conversion chart so you know how much you actually need. Click on the picture to receive the worksheet.

A recipe card so you are stuck trying to figure out the one ingredient you are missing. Click on the picture to receive the worksheet.

A recipe card so you are stuck trying to figure out the one ingredient you are missing. Click on the picture to receive the worksheet.

A meal planner that if you laminate, you can use over and over again. Click on the picture to receive the worksheet. 

A meal planner that if you laminate, you can use over and over again. Click on the picture to receive the worksheet. 

Your Turn

What do you do to make sure have enough to eat throughout the week?