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Easy Meal Planning and Prep Ideas

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I love menu planning. I’m such a geek. For me menu planning calms me down and keeps me track. Sure in the beginning it took a little time but now it’s my JAM!!  It puts my mind at ease. It helps me to know that everyone in my house will be getting a healthy meal with little effort and without becoming a restaurant. If you feel, busy or just plain exhausted after a day’s worth of work, then meal planning can completely change your life. Before you can start planning your meals, however, you need to have a few recipe ideas. To help ensure you get started the right way, here are a few general recipe tips to keep in mind.


Store Recipes Somewhere Easily Accessible

Let’s be honest, we’re all lazy people. Some of us can become burned out on an idea at even the smallest hint of extra effort. I know I’m raising my hand super high. If it feels like a chore I ain’t doing it! Your job and life can be challenging and exhausting. It’s no wonder you’re looking to minimize cooking. To ensure that your meal planning is successful, you need to store your recipes in an easily accessible place. More than that, they need to stay organized.

No one wants to spend a few minutes flipping through a book trying to find the right recipe. Organization is going to be your best friend in this regard. I keep mine in a drawer in my kitchen. Where do you keep yours?

Have a General Consensus of Everyone’s Tastes

One of the worst things that you can do is cook a meal large enough to have leftovers that carry you through the week only to find that no one likes it. That’s time, money, and effort wasted. Before you start looking or creating a recipe, talk to your family about what they like to eat and what they don’t like to eat. Once you have a taste collection, you can then start to look for and create recipes according to those tastes.


Stick with Themes

Another recipe idea is to stick with a theme for certain days. For example, Tuesdays can be taco night or soup night. This can make creating recipes easy. It also allows your week to be broken up just enough to ensure that you don’t get bored with the same meal.

Would you like some new recipes?? I’ve put together three different recipe collections. A low carb, high protein and a vegan/vegetarian one, would you like to see it? Click here.

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