Meal Planning and The Busy Mom

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You may have heard that it saves time and money to plan your meals, but what happens when you don’t have time to even do the planning?  First, it’s important to take a look at your week to find 30 minutes. That’s all you need! 30 minutes, and you can have a weeks worth of meals at your fingertips.  Here are a few places I find extra time, where you may not have realized it.  Keep a pen and paper  or a notebook in your purse to make the best of these moments:

  • While you are waiting for carpool.
  • While you are eating breakfast or lunch.
  • When the kids go down for a nap.
  • If you are waiting for a phone call.
  • While your kids play at the park.
  • If you work in an office, take your 15 minute breaks and sit outside.
  • Taking a walk (bring a voice recorder or use your phone)

As you find these snippets of time,  use it to write 7 dinners as fast as you can think of them.  If they don’t require a recipe (spaghetti, tacos, etc.) just write  next to each meal the main things you need to add to your grocery list (noodles, tacos shells, etc.)

If your 7 dinners do require recipes, spend a minute as soon as you have access to a computer, to look up a recipe and print it out.  Save all 7 recipes to drop box, or print and put them in your purse!

Before you realize it, you’ll be in  a habit each weekend of writing 7 dinners for the following week. This way, you can always be sure something will get on the table for your family.


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