Hi, guys. Welcome back to my channel. Today,
I’m going to do a video on meal planning and how we do it. These are my five simple steps
to meal planning, and some hacks, as well. Basically, we meal plan simply to save time
and money and to feel organized when we are busy working parents. I really hope that some
of these tips will help you. Right, so the first step is to assess what
you already have. I will meal plan on a Sunday night. I will check the fridge and see if
we’ve got anything that’s about to go off or anything that needs to be used up, like
leftover chicken, or something like that. And I will write down those meals first. One
hack that we do to cut down on wastage is, if we put leftovers in the fridge, we write
on the door with a whiteboard marker what we’ve actually put into the fridge and what
needs to be eaten up. That way, if there is leftover dinner, someone can have it for lunch
the next day, and it just reminds you what is actually in your fridge, because there
is nothing worse than going through your fridge at the end of the week and chucking out perfectly
good meals. Once you’ve made a note of the meals that
you want to make from what you already have, then it’s time to get inspiration from cookbooks
and recipes for the rest of the nights of the week. We tend to meal plan just from Monday
to Friday, because on the weekend, we’ll have barbecues, or see friends and family, or get
a takeaway, or something like that. So, as long as I’ve written down what we’re having
for Monday to Friday, I kind of leave the weekends quite free. To get inspiration, I will have a look through
our cookbooks. Some of my favorites are Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook and Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals.
I also have a recipe book where I keep some of my favorites that my mom makes, where she
has given me the recipes for our family favorites, and I also always save the recipe cards from
whenever we order a food box, like HelloFresh, because we will treat ourselves to something
like that every two months. So, any recipes that we’ve really enjoyed from that, I will
save the cards, and I will remake them, as well. Once we’ve decided on the recipes that we’re
going to have that week, I will write all of the meals on our meal planning chalkboard.
I just got this from an interior shop locally. Love having it written on the wall, because
then everyone in the family can see what we’re having for dinner, and it reminds me every
morning what we’re having, any meal prep that I need to do, and anything that I need to
get out of the freezer. Step three is to write your shopping list.
I will just look at what we’re having that week and write that on the notes of my phone,
and then I will also add in anything else we need for breakfasts and lunches, as well.
If I ever forget to put anything on the list, throughout the week, my husband and I will
use the family reminders tool on our phone. We set it up so that we can remind each other
of things. So, if i write, “Get bread, get eggs,” or something like that in a family
reminder, he will also get the notification, and then either of us can run the errand,
whoever’s closest to a shop. Step four is to online shop. I actually don’t
go to the grocery store anymore, and I kind of stopped doing that since Caleb turned two.
It was just too much hard work with a five year old and a two year old, and then a bump
as well, because I’m pregnant. So, I do it all online, and I love it. It stops me from
overbuying and impulse buying, so I can literally just get what’s on the list, and I can sit
in the comfort of my own home and order it all online, and it just arrives the next day.
It’s the simplest thing, and whenever I do an online shop, I honestly feel like super
mom. For step five, I just wanted to say to be
flexible. Yes, you have written down five meals that you’re going to have that week,
but if you don’t fancy it on the day, don’t have it. You don’t have to have chili on a
Monday and chicken pie on a Tuesday if you don’t feel like it. You can move things around.
Meal planning is really just about sticking to a budget and being a bit more organized. Another meal planning tip that I wanted to
say is to have back up plans. And what I mean by that is, have a couple of recipes or meals
that you can make solely from your pantry. I make this tuna pasta dish that is completely
from cans and pastas. All it is is tuna, pasta, capers, olives, all things that I will have
in my pantry cupboard. So if I do forget to get anything out of the freezer or anything
prepped or ready, then it doesn’t matter, because I can always make that backup plan.
Same goes for the kids. Get some things in your freezer that you know, if you come in
late one day, if you get stuck in traffic and you have starving children, you can just
throw in the oven, it’d be ready in 10 minutes. Like fish cakes, chicken nuggets, fish fingers,
frozen veg, and chips, potato smiles, things like that. Just have them in your freezer
for those days when you’re like, “The kids are starving and I need to give them something
in the next 10 minutes.” That is it from me on meal planning. I really
hope some of my tips and hacks have helped you. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe,
and I will see you soon. Bye. … why would you ever mess with a good sleeping