Meal planning can be a daunting task.
It is more than satisfying this week’s cravings. You need to handle a lot of moving parts and be good at multi-tasking. Because if aren’t, then it may overwhelm you.
If you’re new to meal planning, then don’t fret. Here are some three techniques experienced meal planners use to make meal planning easier:
- Make the simplest meals on Monday
Most people dread Mondays. After two days of rest, it’s back to the grind. It’s safe to say everyone is a bit stressed during this day.That’s why you should do yourself a favor.
Ease yourself into the week. Chill out during Mondays. Don’t try the complicated, multi-step dishes. Instead, cook food you’ve done a thousand times before. You’ll be less stressed and more likely to stick to your meal plan throughout the week.
- Plan for what you NEED to eat and not what you WANT to eat.
Meal planning is taking into account what are the ingredients that need to be eaten. It is knowing what food to use before they go bad. Or maybe remembering there are leftover spices you can use for the next meal.At first, it will be a challenge. You need to remember what’s left, adjust the meal plans accordingly without wasting time with preparations. But it will be worth it and you’ll be happy that you were able to handle all those moving parts at once.
- Start prepping as early as possible
Prepping is an integral part of successful meal planning. Once you have prepared the necessary ingredients, you’re already halfway done. That’s why never neglect this. It’s equally important as cooking.
When you have the chance, always ask yourself: “What can I do in the morning or afternoon that will make cooking this week a little easier or faster?” It could be chopping ingredients or setting out the spices needed. Do anything that will lessen hassles in the future.
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