Meal planning for the busy mom

Meal planning for the busy mom

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I started dating my husband when I was seventeen, and one thing I remember is being at his house and seeing a menu for the week on the fridge. My mother-in-law was an excellent meal planner. For every night of the week, she had specified a main dish, vegetable and dessert. I always wondered how much time it took her to plan her meals for the week. Where do I search for recipes-recipe websites, Pinterest, Twitter, recipe books, Kindle recipe books? Who has time for all that? Well, if planning meals seems overwhelming, I’ve got some basic steps to help get you started.

• Pick dishes your family enjoys.

I love to ask my daughter and husband what they need to consume and then put a healthy spin on it. My daughter loves mashed potatoes, so I’ve discovered a mashed cauliflower recipe which we can have regularly that’ll satisfy her mashed potato craving.

• Save recipes from the internet in one place.

I like to save the recipes to Pinterest, so then I have one place where they are stored, and I can locate them easily.

• Go meatless once weekly.

Once a week, experiment with a new meatless recipe. Meatless Mondays will help you save money and your family might find a new favorite food. Lentils, black beans, chickpeas and brown rice are all favorites at my home.

• Use recipes that share ingredients.

If you have a recipe that calls for mushrooms, then use mushrooms in another recipe, that way half the container of mushrooms will not be left to wilt in the fridge.

• Consider how much time you have during the week.

In case you have enough time to prep for the week, then any recipe will work. However, if you are extremely short on time, choose recipes that are simple to make. They’re healthy, delicious and can be made in a few minutes.

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