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Tips to build a better meal plan

By February 13, 2013

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Turquoise Coral Embroidered Place Mats from Williams SonomaMeal planning sounds simple, but it's a surprisingly difficult organizing skill to get really good at--it involves research, planning, shopping, kitchen organization, food storage, and cooking. Do you have a favorite trick to make meal plannign easier?  Leave it in the comments.

I keep adding to this list of meal planning tips when I hear a new one:

Meal Planning Tips

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February 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm
(1) Theresa says:

I meal plan bi-weekly. I sit down one night a week (usually Friday) with my shopping list and store advertisements. My list is made for the staples I am missing and then from the ads I see what is on sale and think of what I could cook with them. I have a meal everyday of the week – but usually one night is YOYO night (you are own your own) which is where they can choose from the leftovers. I do try to work in multi use dishes – like if we have a beef roast with the trimmings on Sunday, sometime during the next week we will have a beef stew. If I make a pork roast – you can bet will will have pulled pork sandwiches or some type of pork dish. Having a menu stretches my grocery budget and allows me to take advantage of sales. I am not stuck to a certain meal on a certain day – but just that I have all the ingredients to make the various list of dishes I have on the menu. It saves me time each night when I get home from work, because I don’t have to think about “what am I going to fix for dinner”.

February 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm
(2) Elizabeth says:

That sounds great and very flexible. I love YOYO. My friend Ryan does (LAN) Leftover Appreciation Night and they eat their leftovers tapas style.

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