Okay, so it’s more like mid-week – Tuesday – starting this challenge, but it’s better late than never!
My best friend and I are in a competition and the winner gets ice cream! She’s working on setting a consistent schedule for her and her family while I, on the other hand, am working on meal prepping, which is something I’m not particularly good at. While it isn’t foreign to me, it isn’t something I’m overly used to. I’m the type that improvises meals and (fingers crossed) hope they’re successful. Doesn’t work very well for my family, so things have to change.
Here’s what I’ve done thus far in my meal planning:
I’ve created a Meal Plan – I printed off a chart and laminated it so I reuse it with a dry-erase marker each week and placed it on my refrigerator. It includes breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner from Sunday through Saturday. And no one in my family is to start going through and eating anything they want when they feel snackish. Having a designated snack for everyone placed conveniently in one spot in the kitchen will work wonders…or at least I hope it does.
I prepped breakfast burritos – I was told that breakfast burritos are not only easy to prepare, but are cheap and quick to pop in the microwave and eat on-the-go. I simply cooked a dozen eggs, sprinkled a bit of seasoned salt on them for a little flavor, and topped them with a small amount of shredded mozzarella cheese. Then, I wrapped them in saran wrap and placed them in the freezer. Took me about 15-20 minutes to make 10 of them.
My kids’ school lunches are ready – On my laundry door, you’ll find a shoe organizer that I use for my kids’ lunches. While I have a nice sized kitchen, my cabinet space is quite limited. I have to learn to utilize my space carefully – ergo the organizer. And it works perfectly, as the organizer is on the inside of the door, so my kids won’t be tempted to eat their lunches as their snacks after school. Out of sight, out of mind!
I have a Price Book – My bestie encouraged me to acquire a Price Book. Basically, after I shop, I write down prices of the products I bought. Comparing and contrasting prices from different stores to make sure I’m getting the best bang for my buck. Because let’s face it…feeding a family of 7 is not cheap. Best thing to do is save as much moolah as possible.
I bought only what I needed – You know how hard it is to go shopping and stick to your list? In the many years of being an adult, I’ve hardly ever stuck to my list. I did it today though. I had $100 budget (for a family of 7, yikes!!) and I bought chicken, ground beef, sandwich bread, eggs, milk, and other essentials just for the rest of this week to make meals. They may not be 3-course meals every time, and we’re not eating like kings, but the meals should be filling! I need to be reminded that I deserve a chocolate treat for sticking to my shopping list.
So this may not be a lot, but I believe it’s a good start to my meal prepping for this first week. I’ll be sure to keep an update on how it’s going, along with what’s working and what isn’t working for me. Already, I’ve found a couple of things that I would like to improve on and change in my planning. Next week isn’t too far off!
And here’s to hoping I win that ice cream – cause this mama needs it!
Got any good pointers on what works for you when it comes to meal planning? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear them!