How To Successfully Meal Plan For Your Family With FREE Printable

‘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….

MEAL PLAN!

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?

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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…

Plan Ahead

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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)

Pre-Prepare

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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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14 Comments

  1. March 5, 2019 / 10:43 am

    I’d love to be this well-organised. One day maybe! Definitely a mummy-goal for me 🙂

    Jennie from GinGin&Roo #ItsOK

  2. March 5, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    Oh I need you in my life! Can you come and live with me and my lot? Sounds wonderful, handy tips for frazzled Mums like me! #ItsOk xxx
    Kate – The Mum Conundrum recently posted…#ItsOK Week 18My Profile

  3. March 5, 2019 / 11:14 pm

    I’m contrary and I don’t like a piece of paper telling me what’s for dinner so when I meal plan I “plan” extra meals so that I can have choices of what I want. It works for me and makes it so I don’t feel so hemmed in.

  4. March 6, 2019 / 1:09 pm

    I think I need this in my life! There are some great tips here, thank you! #ItsOK

  5. March 7, 2019 / 10:18 am

    I think that shopping and meal times are definitely things I need to improve. I’m forever trying to figure out what ingredients I have and what I can cook tonight and when I go shopping I tend to just guess and throw things in! I’m definitely going to look through your resources and see how I can improve and plan a bit better. #KCACOLS

  6. March 9, 2019 / 3:06 pm

    I try to meal plan most weeks with my daughter and I don’t pre-prepare but I do chop all my veg etc in the morning so there is less to prepare of an evening which is really handy on days when I have to go to work #kcacols

  7. March 10, 2019 / 5:14 pm

    I have talked about meal planning for years but finally did it this year leading to less food waste, less money spent and more creative cookery with my would-be chef son. Highly recommend meal planning #AnythingGoes

  8. March 10, 2019 / 5:51 pm

    I really need to start considering meal planning. The twins are better when it comes to solids than Ben was as a baby so family meal times can start being done rather than the kids and then us once they’re in bed!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

  9. March 11, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    I do love a bit of meal planning. I am a bit rubbish at sticking to the plan sometimes though. Thanks for sharing with the #DreamTeam

  10. March 11, 2019 / 7:00 pm

    Easy, healthy and affordable. Have I told you I love you? xoxo #itsok xoxo

  11. March 11, 2019 / 9:07 pm

    We can certainly do with meal planning in our house! #itsok

  12. March 12, 2019 / 1:35 am

    These are some great tips!! I am always looking for ways to make life a little easier!! Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

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