Having a meal plan in place each week is crucial to running a smooth and organized home. It’s such an easy task, but one that is left undone by so many.
Maybe because they don’t think about it. Maybe because they’re not sure what to put on it? Or maybe because they think it takes too much time.
Here are some Easy Meal Solution ideas that can help!
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Easy Meal Solutions for Busy Families
FREE MEAL PLAN printable is here!!
Planning out what you’ll be having each meal saves time, money and your peace of mind.
Try adding all of your meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – on on your meal plan and shop accordingly. Always have an ongoing grocery list so that you can add to it as needed.
Always check your pantry, fridge, and freezer to see what you currently have on hand to make meals with.
If you have rice in the pantry and chicken in the freezer – put chicken, rice and veggies on your menu. If you have spaghetti noodles but no sauce – add sauce to the shopping list. You get the idea!
Then make your shopping list – taking into account what you have on hand AND what’s on sale to make your shopping list and meal plan.
Easy Meal Solution Ideas:
Make a list of things you like to eat and put them into rotation each week.
Breakfast: eggs, toast, bananas, oatmeal, cereal, freezer burritos, yogurt and fruit, pancakes and waffles.
Lunch: peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and honey, salad, fruit, veggies, quesadillas, salads, and leftovers.
Dinner: One skillet pasta, spaghetti, pasta with tomato cream sauce, sweet and sour chicken with fried rice, chicken strips and mac and cheese, homemade pizza, etc…
Make Meals Easier!
By having a few items on hand, you can make meals easier! Here are a few items we love!
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Using box mixes like Duncan Hines and Krusteaz is perfect for a quick dessert or meal! And they’re easy to make!
When in a pinch, grab some ready-made rice to heat up in the microwave, Uncle Ben’s Rice is great to adding to a meal of chicken and veggies!
Pack up your leftovers in Rubbermaid’s Take Alongs! We love them for keeping our food fresh and ready to grab!
Creating a Meal Plan doesn’t have to be hard or elaborate, it just has to work for you!
The idea is that it makes your life easier – not more stressful by having to figure it all out. Make a list of what you like to eat and start there. Add to it weekly and before long, you’ll have a meal rotation that is perfect for your family!
I LOVE meal planning! It appeals to the part of my the IS Type A (there aren’t many things about me that are, but THIS is one of them!) I love your tips – and yes, it is a time saver, and also helps me stay on budget!
Meal planning makes my life so much easier! It takes a little time but saves so much more time in the end!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the menu board idea! I might just love it so much that I’m thinking about borrowing it from you and using it in my home. Meal planning is an area where I suck and really need to step up. Lack of having any sort of plan makes our grocery bills just crazy outrageous. You have some really great ideas and who knows, maybe with a little practice I can at least APPEAR organized.
I have been meal planning this week and its been so super helpful!
I’m horrible at meal planning. I start with the best intentions but then never follow through. Maybe if I had a board like that I would actually commit to it!
This is a fabulous post! I really want to update my family binder – yours is so pretty 🙂 I love the idea of being so organized that we know what meals work and which ones to make again 🙂
I love how you have this up to look at during the week. We have to find the notebook our meal plan is in when we can’t remember!
I can’t wait to see your printable!
What a cute menu board! I don’t have a menu visible, and rarely do I ever write it down… I have a great spot to hang something up though and actually do this!