‘Mum, what’s for lunch?’ ‘Mum, what’s for dinner?’ ‘I don’t like/want that!’
Sound familiar?! I hear it all the time!
Being a Mum of a family of 7 and being a childminder, I feed around 20+ people per week! It’s my responsibility to feed all these kids and make sure they have nutritional balanced meals. Plus, I personally like to make sure that everyone is fed and watered.
Now I bet you’re thinking, how on earth does she do it?! The answer is….
Now, let me share with you how I cater for all these hungry kids and how I meal plan!
Meal planning it supposed to make it easier to be organised, and with a few extra steps you’ll be able to keep on top of things easily.
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What Shall We Eat?
Call a family meeting, grab a pen and paper and put together some meal ideas as a family.
The first thing I do is get everyone together and find out what they like to eat. There is no point in putting all your energy into preparing and making meals that no one is going to eat them and they only going to go to waste.
Need inspiration? Start a meal planning board on Pinterest. Here’s mine
Start A Routine
Use my MEAL PLANNER printable in my Meal planning tool kit to organise your meals
Take a look at your family’s routine and commitments (use my family organiser printable) and come up with a plan that works best for you. I personal prefer to go shopping on a weekly basis and planning my meals weekly too.
Now put in the meal ideas from the meal ideas printable into the meal plan printable that best suits your routines.
- Think about how often you go food shopping, and match your meal plan.
- What is best for you? Weekly, fortnightly or monthly menu planning?
- Write activities and commitments that affect meals right on the plan so you can manage meals around them.
- Don’t worry about repeating the same meals each week. If they are going to get eaten, then what’s the worry?
- Spice things up a little bit and try themed meal nights eg. Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday or Pasta night, chicken night, fake away night…
Now you know how far ahead you want to meal plan and when you want to go shopping. Your meal Ideas in your meal plans, You can start to plan ahead. Lets go shopping
Use my shopping list printable in my meal planning tool kit.
I can promise you that planning ahead will be a huge advantage to you. Financially and for convenience. It will make your life easier!
- Make shopping lists that match your meal plan so you always have the ingredients you need
- Keep an eye out for supermarket offers or discounted items. If you buy some fresh produce eg berries. You can freeze them.
- Stockpile. Think about the ingredients you use over and over – if you have enough storage space there is no harm in stockpiling these ingredients so you’ll always have some on hand. (none perishable foods)
Once you have been shopping. Pre preparing the meals will save you so much time. I usually use a Saturday or Sunday to do my pre-preparation for the week ahead.
- Make a double batch of meals that freeze well – one for tonights dinner and one for another week.
- Pre-prepare items when you buy them so half your meal prep is already done – freeze fresh meats, chopped and freeze fresh vegetables. Make up a batch of pizza dough and freeze etc…
- Label everything that you freeze or store. There’s nothing worse than defrosting something and it not being what you thought it was.
- Get the kids involved and let them help in the meal preparations. Check out my post on Cooking With Kids Hints, Tips, Tricks And Recipe Ideas
Don’t worry if things don’t go to plan
We all have days when we can’t face making a full meal or the kids don’t feel like eating or the plans change. These things happen. You will have stock piled enough ‘back up’ ingredients for those days like this.
Plus, you can never go wrong with good old beans on toast!
Sounds like a plan to me!
So there you have it, my family meal plan tips, and some new printables to get you started.
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Now I’d love to hear your simple tips!
Do you meal plan?
How do you come up with meals you put on your meal plan?
What do you do if you just can’t face making the meal on the plan?
What would you add to these meal planning tips?
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