How I Meal Plan

You’re ready to start planning out your meals but you’re not sure how to begin. There are three good ways to do it:

  • Using Evernote or some other note taking software
  • Using some sort of spreadsheet software like Excel or Google Docs
  • Using pencil and paper

Personally, I use Evernote. My daily tasks are still managed with Remember The Milk, but Evernote is another invaluable tool that I use. If you’ve never heard of it, you really should go take a look at it.

My Process:

  • I decide if I’m going to do 1 week or more. For this example, I only did 1 week.
  • Check to see what I have on hand in the refrigerator. This time, I had extra zucchini and eggplant from the farmer’s market (I had got such a great deal on it). I also had ground chicken that I needed to cook that I had gotten a good deal on, too. Also wanted to use some of the cheese we have.
  • Put the few meals I knew I wanted to make, like the chicken meat loaf, bbq beef and eggplant parmesan.
  • Check my schedule to see what days were my busiest. Put the meals that I can do in a crock pot down for those days.
  • Check to see what’s in the freezer. In this case, I have some Tilapia that I want to use.
  • Fill in the lunches with leftovers
  • Update my shopping lists: Trader Joe’s, Vons, Farmer’s Market, etc.
  • Voila! Complete meal plan.

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