2 easy meal planning tips! 1: Create a list of your favorite dinner ideas. That way you will always have ideas when you sit down to make your menu! 2: Make sure to add at least one new recipe a week into the mix—to keep things fresh! Continue reading for more ideas! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KickBackWithCanadaDry
I enjoy organizing my schedule and planning. This is evident by the selection of organizational printables that I’ve created and shared over the years, ha! While this may not seem relaxing to some, it really centers me.
When I’m not sewing or baking, I’m brainstorming the next things that I want to make. Sometimes I’ll think of something that I’d like to try while I’m laying in bed at night. I’m nothing if not a bit compulsive, and have a hard time thinking about anything else once I get an idea in my mind. Adding it to a list helps me to relax, knowing that I jotted it down and can come back to it another time. I also find that checking off the things on my to-do lists is a bit therapeutic. Sometimes I’ll even add ridiculous things like “take a shower” or “make bed” to my list just so that I can check them off!
One thing that I haven’t always been consistent in is meal planning. You’d think that this would come easily to someone who loves to make lists as well as bake and cook, but I’ve struggled with it over the years. My friend, Kami, is amazing at planning out her meals for her family. She gave me her “cheat sheet” with the list of all of the meals that they like and she uses that to quickly make her meal plan. I was totally inspired by how efficient things ran in her home and decided to step up my game.
I picked up a couple of cook books that I had been eyeing that center around meal planning, and even come with a printable planning sheet.
We’ve been following it for a couple of weeks and it has really been a game changer. The best part? I look forward to it! I’ll sit down once a week while the baby is napping and take 30 minutes to browse meal ideas. Pulling out our favorite tried and true recipes, and adding at least one new one each week. I’ve found it to be relaxing and productive all at the same time.
It’s 30 minutes of uninterrupted “me time”. I enjoy sipping on a cold drink, and sometimes I’ll put on a Netflix show in the background.
Taking this time for myself to fill out my calendar, to do lists, and meal plan helps me feel like I can hit the ground running instead of constantly feeling overwhelmed.
It is still available for download for those who may find it useful. Right now I’m using a spiral bound planner that I bought, but this sheet works great too.