The steps to making a plan

Just make a plan, how hard can it be?

Well actually, it’s not as simple as it sounds. If you start with a blank sheet of paper and try to just write out your plan, you’ll likely find yourself short on inspiration and walk away with no plan and boatload of frustration.

When it comes to meal planning, it’s the same thing. You often need to be ushered through the planning process if you hope to come out the other side with a solid plan that you can stick to. Let me help!

Here are the steps to creating a weekly meal plan:

I’ve created a Meal Plan Scratch Sheet Printable to help you through this process.

  1. Throughout the week, keep an eye out for any recipes online, on TV, or in magazines that look fun to cook and eat.
  2. Check out the fresh ingredients you have in the fridge, organizing everything that needs to be used up quickly on one shelf.
  3. Think about recipes that you might like to make that include those ingredients.
  4. Review the calendar for the upcoming week for anything that might impact dinner one night. Maybe you have plans for an evening, need a quick on-the-go dinner, or will have limited cooking time one day.
  5. Start to draft a plan of your meals day by day. Don’t worry about scratching things out or moving them around, this is just a draft.
  6. As your plan starts to solidify, jot down ingredients that you know you’ll need to buy or items that you need to check to see if you already have in your pantry.

Then create your final meal plan for the week (printable here) and create a single, organized shopping list (printable here).

If you give this process a try, let me know how it goes!

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