Plug n’ Play Meal Planning

Today I reorganized my kitchen cabinets. But that wasn’t my daily step–the cabinets were a project that had been on the list for a while, especially now that my son is eating more foods and his things are needing more space in the kitchen.  But as a part of this process, I did set out a box to set aside donations, and I’m finally able to let go of some things (ahem, yogurt maker) that I’ve held onto for too long and moved too many times. 

Today’s daily step toward simplicity was not far removed from the kitchen, however. Today I simplified my meal planning by setting up a schedule. Meal planning helps my family to eat a little more healthy and spend a lot less money on food, but coming up with the weekly menu can get a bit daunting, especially when you’re trying to take sales, coupons and rebate apps into account. 

My new generic meal schedule means I know what type of meal we will have on which nights, and then before I do the grocery shopping, I can plug in the appropriate recipes based on that week’s deals. Take a look:

We started the Sunday night pot of soup thing a couple of months back and have been greatly enjoying that. I’m pretty excited to give this a try because it takes some of the decisions out of the process without removing too much choice or flexibility. 

Bon appetit!

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