A friend and I were joking the other day about my meal planning, she said it was very 1950’s of me and we laughed at how old fashioned I sounded. Meal planning doesn’t have to be fancy or involve ploughing through recipe books for inspiration though. It can be as simple as coming up with 7 main meals and a few lunch ideas for the week ahead. Things you and your family will enjoy cooking as much as eating.
When I plan ahead, I like to mix up more elaborate meals like a roast chicken with quick and easy ones like stuffed baked potatoes. I’ll usually always incorporate a soup into the mix as they’re simple to make and there is enough for two meals if I cook a big batch. On weeknights, I want something I don’t have to invest too much time in, things I can pop in the slow cooker at breakfast or rustle up in half an hour in the afternoon.
As old fashioned as meal planning may sound, having a bit of a plan makes sense to me. We’ve saved on grocery shopping, reduced the amount of food we waste and kept our meals balanced and varied since I got into the habit of thinking ahead. As with most things related to parenting, a little bit of preparation goes a long way.
Here is a sample meal plan for one week:
- Colcannon Soup with homemade bread
- Prawn and avocado salad with a lime and coriander dressing
- Roast chook with fresh salad or steamed veggies
- Slow cooker chilli chicken thighs with coleslaw, green salad and herby cous cous
- Homemade pizza with sliced raw veggies and dips
- Tuna pasta with sliced cucumber and balsamic tomatoes
- Baked fish with an asian drizzle dressing, corn on the cob and minted new potatoes
Do you meal plan and if so what are your favourite suppers to make for your family?