Cooking. Meal planning. Trying new recipes. Sharing a meal around the table. These things are life giving for me. A hobby more than a necessity. While some find it a chore, I can genuinely say I enjoy it. Grocery shopping however is a different story….but quite a necessary task.
I’m a planner by nature and so it’s only natural that I plan out our family’s meals. I don’t remember exactly when it started. When I was single I definitely wasn’t meal planning – more or less just throwing together lots of stir fry with whatever I had in the house. Around the time I got engaged, Pinterest was really beginning to take off. Now I’m not much of a recipe follower, but I love browsing Pinterest and scouring through cookbooks for inspiration.
Friends who know I’m a faithful meal planner often ask me what I’m making for dinner that night and request tips for getting started with meal planning. I’m always more than happy to share. For me meal planning does so much more than just gratifying my planning nature. There are some real, practical reasons that meal planning can enhance your life (I know that sounded dramatic, but I am serious!).
- It helps us save time and stress.
- It helps us save money.
- It helps us eat healthier.
- It helps us waste less.
If this resonates with you, check out my weekly meal plans. You’ll generally find meals that are healthy, frugal, varied and family friendly. I’d love to see your meal plans as well! Share them in the comments.