This simple, no-fail meal planning technique is sure to change the way you plan your meals!
I’m 100% a neurotic, control-freak who plans out every aspect of her life.
While that might make for a boring and predictable life at times, it does make for really easy meal planning. With the New Year and New Year’s resolutions still going strong this month I thought it might be helpful to share my personal meal planning technique and how easy it is to implement into your own life!
My Simple, No-Fail Meal Planning Technique
This year I’m trying to grab this blog by the horns and really turn it into something that I’m proud of. That being said, my control-freak tendencies tend to overwhelm me at times which is why I forget about recipes I’ve made or posts I’ve drafted up. Not so this year!
This year I’ve decided to try my hand at using a bullet journal for my blog. I still have my planner for work and normal day-to-day things but my blog is 100% written & planned in my new blog journal. Something else that’s planned out? My weekly meals!
Weekly Meal Plan Overview
So here it is – my no-fail meal planning technique!
When I constructed my Blog Journal I knew that I wanted to have a “food section” where I had a weekly meal plan, grocery list, as well as blank pages for any recipe inspiration that may hit me. Today we are going to focus solely on the meal planning pages.
Meal Plan Breakdown
I bought these thin post-it strips which I think work perfectly for my weekly meal plan page. This way instead of having to re-create the entire page layout I only have to pull off the strips each week and swap in new ones, but this technique also allows me to easily flip flop days if there is a change in our schedule.
Meal Plan Grocery List
I also have a grocery list page which I construct after I have prepped my meal plan. Being able to see each meal planned out is really helpful when jotting down ingredients and groceries. I have yet to forget an ingredient while using this technique, which means less time spent at the grocery store! My grocery list also contains other snack items or ingredients needed for blog recipes (which are jotted down on a separate page!).
Go-To Meals & Snacks
These pages are where I keep my “Go-To” recipes for the days when I can’t think of anything to make for dinner or snacks. Though I do make quite a few of these recipes frequently, I try to only make one or two per week so that Ninja isn’t getting the same thing for dinner week after week.
I also made sure to leave plenty of space so that I can continually add anything new!
[The Go-To snacks page actually isn’t finished – I need a “Sweet Treats” section!]
And that’s it! I know some people who have a chalkboard or white board for their weekly meal plans but there is typically no space for groceries in that case. I like this technique because it is literally a side by side combination of the two, which leads to less ingredients being forgotten about. Plus it makes my inner control freak squeal with delight 😉
How do you meal plan?