Planning your meals out the week ahead can help you save some time and money.
What I usually do is is write out the days of the week and under each day of the week write out Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, and Dinner. If you would like your own copy of my meal planning worksheet, you can get it here.**Get your sample Meal Plan HERE**
To start I begin writing out meals or snacks for each of those categories. To use what I have in my fridge and pantry if there is let’s say some pork chops I want to use I just write pork chop in one of the dinner spaces.
I then go through my cookbooks or Pinterest and search for what recipes sounds good and add them to any of my blank spaces. For anything where I just have the type of meat filled in, for example pork chops, I can do a search on Pinterest or in my cookbooks for recipes with that blank or in this case pork chops.
Searching and trying new recipes helps keep things different so that you don’t get bored with the same meals week to week.
Now that you’ve filled in your meal plan, you can write down all the ingredients that you don’t already have – you now have a shopping list for the week!
With planning and creating your shopping list ahead like this you can be able to shop around or use coupons so you could not only save time but also some money. (If you are located in or around San Antonio, Texas and are interested in taking a $10 How to Coupon at HEB course email me and let me know!)
I’d love to hear in the comments what is your favorite dish to cook!