Do you struggle to follow your monthly meal plan? Have you discovered the process just doesn’t work for you? Know something? You’re not alone! Monthly meal planning added so much stress to my life, I finally threw out the entire system. Today, I’m so glad I did! Giving up helped me discover something that worked better. Because I gave up, I learn how to create a daily meal plan.
How It All Began
After throwing out my monthly meal plan, I felt free! The kitchen once again became my happy place. Creativity started flowing and I was enjoying cooking once again. It was going well!
But then, things started lagging. I found myself asking the “what are we going to eat?” question again. I hated this! The more I thought about my monthly meal plan, the more I realized it hadn’t been all bad. It was just too much of a good thing.
What would happen if I planned on a smaller scale? If I chose my meals the morning of? Or even the night before? Instead of wasting time, flipping through cookbooks and being tempted by luxurious spreads, what if I started putting together a collection of wholesome recipes my man and I love?
Simple, hearty meals that required basic ingredients we always have on hand?
I gave it my best shot and discovered something wonderful!
A New (or is it the old?) Way of Meal Planning!
Even though it seemed too simple, the results spoke for themselves. This plan worked! I don’t even think about food anymore!
Kidding! I do think about food. Particularly so, when I fail to follow my own advice and once again find myself asking the uncomfortable “what’s for dinner” question! Yes, it happens to me too! I’m not Betty Crocker; I’m just a woman who tries to live well and sometimes finds herself overwhelmed by all that life throws her way!
I shouldn’t have been surprised that daily meal planning worked for me and my kitchen. As I thought about it, I realized this is how my mother cooked, as did her mother before her! It’s nothing new. In fact, it’s the old fashioned way of meal planning.
I’m going to break it down for you, step by step.
How to Create a Daily Meal Plan
The first step is to come up with a simple way of storing your go-to recipes. Some women like binders, others are romanticized by the idea of a good, old fashioned recipe box. You might prefer to store it all on your computer. Regardless, choose your method and create meal sections: breakfasts, lunches and dinner. And snacks, if needed!
Next up? Start collecting recipes! Don’t feel pressured to rush this part of the process. Copy out the recipes you/your family already love. As you continue to discover new favorites, add them to the mix and slowly build your collection!
Also make a list of meals that don’t need a recipe for. Like some breakfasts. You can just create a list: toast and eggs, porridge, fruit and yogurt, smoothie, etc.
Finally, start using your collection for daily meal planning. Find your groove. The mornings might work for you, but the night before might work even better. Perhaps you want to plan 2 days in advance?
It really doesn’t matter which one you choose! Because all of these options will help you move away from the “what are we going to eat” rush and stress!
I hope this will help eliminate some of the pressure that comes to putting food on your table! In writing this, I realized I’ve dropped the ball with collecting recipes. I’m going to make effort to get back on that, once we get into our house.
If you’re struggling with meal planning, give it a try! Your grandma would be proud. Feel free to drop your questions, thoughts and best tips in the commenting section below!