5 Simple Meal Planning Tips for Busy Moms
What busy mom doesn't want to save time and money in the kitchen?
Over the winter I had gotten a little lazy with my cooking schedule as it was less busy and I was home more. But this month I have gotten back into the groove as we have been crazy busy with spring sports and other activities. I have felt like a taxi service the last few weeks. If you are a mom, I am sure you can relate to the "busyness" of Spring or just life as a busy mom!
Most of our nights the last few weeks have been spent at the ballpark for baseball and softball games. It can be tempting to pick up food or eat at the ballpark but it get's expensive and I am not a fan of my family eating hot dogs and fast food. I have found that with a few simple meal planning tips you can feed your family quickly, save money and not resort to junk food. It also makes your day much less stressful when you know what you are having for dinner before it is actually dinner time!
5 Simple Meal Planning Tips:
1. Plan Ahead – One of the biggest struggles (at least for me) is knowing what to make for dinner each night. I have found that if I take a few minutes over the weekend to plan my meals for the week ahead, my whole week goes much better.
2. Shop Smart – Go over your meal plan for the week and make a list of the items that you need from the store. It will save you time and money if you get all the items you need in one trip instead of stopping at the store multiple times during the week. Think about how often you end up picking up extra things if you just run in the store for one item.
3. Make Extra – It doesn't take much extra work at all to make up 2 dishes at the same time and then freeze one for an extra busy day when you are short on time. I often do this with things like lasagna or other casserole type dishes.
4. Use a Crockpot or Slowcooker – I love using my crockpot for busy nights, especially when we are not all home to eat at the same time. I will be sharing some of my favorite crockpot meals over the next year so stay tuned. If you have your main dish ready for your family to eat at any time and have a bowl of cut up fruit in the fridge to go with it. It is the perfect meal plan for a busy night and a lot healthier than eating out!
5. Multiple Meals – Buy and cook more meat than you will eat at one meal and then use the leftovers for another meal. For example, if you cook a pork loin for dinner one night, you can use shred the extra meat and use it for Pork BBQ buns or sandwiches another night. I will often cook a big meal for Sunday noon and then purposely have extra to be used on a busy night.
Stay tuned for more busy mom tips and videos to help you save time, money, and make your life less stressful!
What is your best meal planning tip?