Hey guys! I have been doing some blog brainstorming lately, and trying to think of ways that this blog can serve as a tangible and helpful resource to you. I will still keep up with the usual rambling, but I recently came up with a new idea that I think could be a lot of fun.
Every week I sit down to a blank page in my notebook and I make an outline. It looks like this:
- Monday Lunch:
- Monday Dinner:
- Tuesday Lunch:
- Tuesday Dinner:
And then, almost like a puzzle, I start to fill it out. It helps to have weeks where there are already plans for certain meals so that I can instantly fill in some of the blanks. But then I stare at the others and I’m like, how?! It just feels like so many meals, so much recipe searching. I always ask myself the same questions. Do we stick to recipes that I’ve made time and time again? Do I scan the internet for new ones? It really depends on how creative and motivated I’m feeling that week, which lately has been lacking.
Grocery List Writing:
Once I’ve filled in the meal plan, I go through each recipe and write down all of the ingredients we need, adding to the list recipe by recipe. I will also jot down any additional grocery items we may need such as pantry staples, fruit, snacks, etc. The list looks something like this:
- All purpose flour
- English muffins
It’s random. It stresses me out to go to the grocery store with an unorganized list and a restless toddler in the cart. We just can’t do it. We shop at a big, BIG grocery story and we can’t be running back and forth across that store for items we forgot. So I take the unorganized list and I arrange it into categories.
In the past I have made OCD level grocery lists where I organize the items by aisle number using the grocery store app, but honestly, none of us have time for that! Up above is my easier version of organizing the list, and it helps us immensely!
Meal planning and grocery list writing are a lot of work. I feel like I only have time to do it this thoroughly because I am home during nap time and I can use that hour or two during the day to go through this process every week. But it can be daunting. I understand if your version of meal planning and grocery shopping looks different than mine. In fact, I applaud you for not spending hours of your week dedicated to this task.
Meal Planning Made Easy:
I am excited because I want to help you! I am going to start writing themed meal plans and grocery lists that go with each one. What I mean by theme is that each weekly meal plan will be tailored to different diets, seasons, and cooking times. For example, I’d like to write a weekly meal plan that includes meals that are all 30 minutes or less to make, a vegetarian week, summer meals …you get the idea. I’ve got all sorts of themes running through my mind already and I can’t wait to start writing these meals plans! The grocery lists will include all of the ingredients you need for the week plus space for additional groceries you may need. I’m also thinking of ways to number the recipes and ingredients, so in case you don’t want to make recipe number 5 for the week, you can easily go through the grocery list and cross off all of the ingredients with a number 5 next to them since you won’t be using that recipe. Hopefully this all makes sense. We will figure out the best system as we go, but my goal is to make meal planning and grocery shopping as easy as possible for you! And to offer a resource that you can use any week of the year.
When Will the First Meal Plan Be Released?
I’m not sure yet, but VERY SOON! I want these meal plans and grocery lists to be well done, so I plan to put a lot of effort into them. But I also can’t wait to release the first one, so I will try to have it out to you guys ASAP.
Question of the Day: What are some weekly themes you would like to see in these meal plans?
Healthy eating will be easier than ever, and of course delicious too 🙂