3. It helps tick all the right dietry boxes - When you meal plan, you make deliberate choices. I make sure I include two fish/seafood mains each week and at least two vegetarian meals. Meal planning means that I know I cover all the food groups and dietary requirements my family and I need.
4. It helps create variety in our meals - By going through different recipes each week, we always end up trying or two new meals. Ensuring variety and encouraging my boys to try new tastes is very important to me because I think it helps add to their enthusiasm when it comes to cooking and to eating.
Now, don't get me wrong. I meal plan either on a Friday or a Saturday so that I can hit the markets on Sunday morning armed with my grocery list in hand. Some days, meal planning is the last thing I feel like doing. If you can get into the habit of it though, it's worthwhile and it doesn't take forever.
Try these steps:-
1. Open your fridge and pantry and check out what food you have leftover from the week before that needs to be used. Make sure you incorporate that into your meal plan, so you waste less.
2. Make a cup of tea/coffee and arm yourself with recipes you've printed out from the internet or with a couple of recipe books. Also have your diary with you. Print out the Weekly Calendar attached if you like, and use it to help keep track of what you're doing and what meals you're having when.