How to Be Detailed in Your Meal Plans
Once you’ve started noting down some meals you would like to make during the week, try to be as detailed as possible. If you think you will have leftovers from a chicken dinner in order to have lunch for 2-3 days, note that in the plan! Let’s talk about how to be detailed in your meal plans.
This will help you reduce how many lunches you need to create from scratch, which saves you a lot of time when it comes time to prepare your different meals for the week. After listing the meals, make another list with all the groceries you need to purchase, of course leaving off the list the ingredients you already have on hand.
Leaving Room For Flexibility Throughout the Week
While planning every meal is a great way to save time during the week, there are going to be some situations where it doesn’t go quite as you planned. Make sure you leave some “mental room” for flexibility in your meals and meal planning.
For example, you might have a day where you want to go out to dinner because your spouse got a big promotion and you want to celebrate. Don’t hesitate to celebrate just because you planned to make veggie burgers that night. Just adjust your schedule and make Tuesday’s planned meal Wednesday instead. Meal planning is meant to simplify the process, so don’t be too restrictive.
Include Leftovers in Your Plan
Always try to think about leftovers, and do yourself a favor and don’t view them as leftovers! I like to make large quantities of certain meal items so I can “re-purpose” them. If you know you want to make chicken, and you are going to buy a pack of chicken breasts, buy more than you need and either cook them or freeze them. This lets you have enough chicken for that meal, but also for chicken soup, salads, sandwiches, or other dinner ideas. You’re going to save money and time by having the extra chicken on hand. All good!
Next week we’ll continue on from how to be detailed in your meal plans and begin the discussion of meal prepping. I’ll share ideas for making your life easier when it comes to magically producing a meal on the table.
How may I serve you in your quest for optimal mental and physical health?
Cheryl A Major
Cheryl A Major lives in Westford and is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. Her TV show, Thin Strong Healthy, airs on WestfordCat and is an offshoot of her blog http://ThinStrongHealthy.com Cheryl offers ongoing information, live and online courses and personal health coaching to help you feel better and be healthier. Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CherylAMajor. She is also a full time residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker with more than 25 years experience.
Cheryl’s book, Eat Your Blues Away is available now on Amazon and will be available this January in Whole Foods Markets. She is busy writing her next book, The Major Method!