A beginners guide to meal planning
One of the key ingredients for making fast and healthy meals (with minimal wastage) is to PLAN AHEAD! This is a surprisingly easy tip to both eating healthily as a family (i.e. avoiding those high fat and salt processed freezer foods) and saving money. If you have a clear plan of what you might be cooking for the week, it can save you a fortune in unnecessary impulse buys when visiting the supermarket.
A Beginners Guide to Meal Planning
- Think about your week. Which nights are you going have a bit more time to prepare a simple meal or which nights are you going to have to pull out something that has been prepared or cooked (and/or frozen) in advance. Also think about who will be eating it. Do you have dinner guests one night or maybe one of the family is out for dinner (lucky them!)
- Use the above to think about what you might want to eat on each nights of the week. What is available in the freezer? Or do you need to spend a bit of (spare!) time making something in advance and either chilling it or doing some batch cooking for the freezer (see “freezer feasts” and “slow & serious” recipe sections for more ideas). It’s also good to think about what you might have on consecutive nights so you don’t end up eating pasta for 3 nights on the trot.
- Start to make a shopping-list based what you might need to make the meals on your meal-plannerUse the list to go shopping or internet shopping (at the click of a button!).
- Display your meal plan somewhere in the house or kitchen so you don’t forget what you’re supposed to be eating!