Loved last week’s post but still stuck on where to even begin? Overwhelmed by ALL the resources out there that can help you plan, prep, shop, and cook?
Whether you are brand new to meal planning or you regularly try to keep a plan for each week, here are a few ways to make the process easy and even fun.
1. Be smart.
Start with these 4 Tips for Better Meal Planning
Also check out this post on how to meal prep in 30 minutes or less.
2. Share ideas.
Check out these sites for inspiration, and share what works for you with your friends and family! (Also, don’t forget we have awesome weekly menus right here on Neat & Nutritious!)
- Meal Ideas and Resources: 100 Days of Real Food
- Weekly Dinner Planner: Epicurious
- A Month of Dinners: Real Simple
- Meal Plans: The Kitchn
- Healthy Eating Meal Plans: Whole Foods
3. Make freezer meals.
Instead of meal planning for just the week, think ahead to the whole month. Make an extra batch of something and freeze it for a later week. Prep bags of crock pot recipe ingredients for easy pour, heat, and go. Make baggies of smoothie ingredients and keep in the freezer for quick breakfasts.
Check out these posts for some great recipe ideas to get you started:
4. Use an App.
These smart phone apps make the process a little easier:
- Menu Planner
- Mealime // Review
- Evernote // Review
- Instacart // Review (also check out Shipt)
- Plan to Eat
5. Subscribe to a service.
I have tried both Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, and as a dietitian, LOVE Hello Fresh’s meals. You can check out my review here and click here to get $40 off your first box when you sign up! (This is an affiliate link. Thank you for supporting businesses that support Neat & Nutritious!)