I personally think that meal planning is ultimately the way forward. Otherwise you end up spending way more than you intend to because you want something quick and easy. Am I right?
I would recommend getting a weekly planner of some kind, either a chalkboard so there’s no waste or you can get a planner from somewhere like Paperchase or WhSmiths.
- Look at the food you’ve already got, check the cupboards and the freezer. Damn, work with what you’ve got.
- Make a plan on what you’ve got and write a shopping list. I find this saves money because I’m normally well stocked on tins of tomatoes, beans, soup and all the basics!
- Go shopping on the Sunday and stick to your list (I know, I know, this is easier said than done)
- Get prepping! I never ever want to cook when I finish work so I make up a good few days worth of meals on my day off so I basically have ready meals in the fridge! It’s great because it’s still the food that I love and enjoy and it’s all homemade, what could be better?
- Cook up meals that can be frozen too, these are the easiest to have because you can take them out in the morning and they are ready to heat up in the evening.
- Invest in a slow cooker, they aren’t overly expensive. You can put something on in the morning like a soup or even a chicken and you’ll have a meal in the evening.
I know these tips may seem a bit difficult if you have a family and you want to feed them fresh and nutritious meals but it’s still possible. I keep bolognese sauce and chilli con carne in the freezer which are packed full of good stuff and plenty nutritious. Now I’m not saying you should do this everyday but for weekdays it is much easier.
I do truly believe that meal planning is the way forward. It saves so much time and effort if you’ve got a set menu and meals made.
Do you use meal planning? Does it work for you?