Most people that have attempted to create weekly meal plans know that in the real world, life happens and it doesn’t always go as planned. With the time and effort you have put into your plan, it would be horrible if it were to go to waste.
Here are some helpful tips to keep your meal plan on track.
Choose Realistic Recipes
It’s easy to get ahead of yourself and want to cook tons of elaborate meals. This is much easier said than done. The biggest challenge with this idea is that time is not on your side. It takes time to make elaborate and we just don’t have that. When you get home after 5pm and by 6pm you have a hungry family looking at you, the time is just not there for an elaborate meal. If there is a more complicated or sophisticated recipe you want to try, save it for the weekend to test it out.
Take a Weekly Inventory
Each week you should be taking a look at what you have in your fridge, freezer and pantry with your grocery list and recipes in hand. Don’t count on your memory to remember whether or not you have the ingredients on hand, you need to actually check. Our brains are in constant overload and it’s very easy to forget things.
Prep and Cook Meals Ahead of Time
The best things you can do are prep and hopefully cook some of your meals ahead of time. After a long day of work and training, it’s nearly impossible to find the energy or motivation to cook when you get home at night. It’s easy to fall into the trap of ordering a pizza. Having part or most of the work done beforehand, you are one step closer to having a healthy and homemade meal for your family.