Meal Planning 101 Map out a Plan What to Eat When
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In Meal planning Ideas Finding and Saving Recipes I provided you some strategies to use in finding and saving recipes to use in your meal planning. Today I will be sharing with you tips to figure out what to eat when so you can map out a plan.
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First step of What to Eat When
First take a look at your calendar and think about any special events coming up in the next week (or longer if you are meal planning for longer). Look for birthday parties or office luncheons. You can plan to eat something before you go or bring a healthier option to go with what is served. Another option could be that you use this event as your planned “cheat meal”, but make sure you plan accordingly for that. Looking at your calendar is also good so that you don’t plan a new complicated recipe for the night you have an event.
Step 2 Combining What to Eat When
Another thing to look at is what meals did you find that would work better back to back. Maybe one day you are baking chicken and the next day you need cooked chicken for a chicken salad. If you line them up ahead of time it will make it easier on you when it is time to cook.
Step 3 Mapping out the plan of what to eat when
Now lets look at those meals and figure out what to eat when. Will you be planning out just dinner or all 3 meals? When I sit down to map out the plan I am really only mapping out dinner. I personally have the same breakfast every single day of the week which is 2 eggs with cheddar, vegetables, and an English muffin so those items go on the list automatically each week. For lunch I have my SolleComplete Shake. My shake works really well for me in the afternoon when I am the most busiest between work and homeschooling. If we have an appointment to go to it can actually go with me.
My kids also have eggs for breakfast not so much the vegetables, and a shake for lunch as well. Our dinners are different each night of the week for at least 2 weeks. I’ve been doing this for so long that we pretty much have a running list of meals to have for a month with only a few repeats. You will need to decide if you want to plan out all meals or just dinners.
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