Organize Your Kitchen: Meal Planning | Families
OK, I’ll admit it. Meal planning is not one of my strong points in the kitchen. In fact, it is probably one of my biggest headaches. I don’t mind grocery shopping, putting away the groceries or cooking but I can stand in front of a full fridge or pantry and not think of a single thing to make. It’s like my brain just freezes up. Can anyone else relate?
So what are some ways that others deal with this necessary daily task? Here are a few that come to mind.
Make a List
Make a list of your families favorites and go-to meals. I did this about 7 years ago and it was so helpful because sometimes all my mind needs is a jump start for a dinner idea. The problem is is that my list is 7 years old so now I’m creating a new one with my family based on what we like to eat and cook now and our busy schedule.
Use A Service
Join a meal planning service (paid or free). Many people use a meal planning service such as Six O’Clock Scramble or Food on the Table. These services often provide a weekly meal list along with a grocery list. For many families this is the perfect idea to keep on the dinnertime wagon.
Create a backlog of frozen, but homemade meals that can be easily defrosted or thrown in the crockpot. I did this last year and it was great. I made two massive trips to the grocery store and then prepped and bagged over 20 dinners that could be frozen and then cooked in the crockpot at a later date. I also precooked ground beef and shredded chicken to be used as needed. This was a great way to beat the “what should I make for dinner” conundrum as long as I remembered to take the dinner out of the freezer and cook it. I really want to do this again. I’ve been collecting recipes and will re-make some of the ones from the fall. When we return from vacation in a few weeks, I’ll embark on this cooking adventure again.
Hire a Chef
Ok, just kidding about that one but wouldn’t it be nice?!
So how do you tackle the meal planning in your house?
Andi Willis is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA. She is a home organizing expert who loves to help people find creative solutions to organize their homes and simplify their lives. Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life!