Now, while I love the idea of being super organised and having everything planned down to the last minute detail, I can’t begin to pretend that I am anywhere near that!
I do everything I can to organise the children and home for my own sanity more than anything, but it is far from perfect and I confess to at least one day a week when everything goes to pot and I adopt a “maybe I’ll do it tomorrow” attitude.
Meal planning however is the one thing I stick to- I’d be a mess without it, quite literally. None of us would ever eat a decent meal if I didn’t plan ahead. I used to coast from day to day deciding that morning (if I remembered) and often forgetting to take frozen food out to defrost, thus ending up with take away more than once a week!
Not so bad when it was just the two of us, but once the minnies came along I had to get organised. I had heard fellow Mums talking about meal planning so I decided to give it a go. And I can honestly say it changed our way of eating and my way of cooking.
I plan from Monday to Sunday and try to vary the meals as much as possible. On days I know will be busy I plan something simple and I always try to cook from scratch. I also try to cook one new meal each week.
I plan and write my list on Friday so we can shop Saturday. I find that writing the list alongside the plan helps me to make sure I get all the ingredients on the list. I use this product by Organised Mum :- http://www.boxhousepublishing.com/Menu-and-Shopping-List.html
Now I know what we’ll eat each day, I never forget to take meat out of the freezer to deforost the night before and we all eat (mostly) healthy home cooked meals.