Creating a healthy family meal plan may seem overwhelming at first. If you find yourself to be overwhelmed when planning your family meal plan there are a few tips that will help you get control of your dinnertime chaos. Once you realize the time, money and stress you will save by incorporating a family meal plan into your household you will be hooked.
Here are some tips that will help you get your healthy family meal plan created.
Get your family involved. Gather your family together and take the opportunity to let everyone have some say in what is for dinner. This will give your family a role in deciding what is for dinner and help them realize how much work goes into planning and preparing for dinner.
Don’t plan meals that you will not have time to prepare. If you have a hectic schedule then make sure you plan quick and easy meals. If you only have 30 minutes to prepare a meal then don’t plan a meal that will take more than that to prepare.
Take advantage of the “cook once, eat twice” logic. If you are making roasted chicken on Monday and know you will have extra then simply plan a meal for later in the week using the left over roasted chicken. This will cut down on some preparation time and will save money by utilizing the left over chicken.
Plan a soup and salad day on hectic days. Soups and salads are easy to prepare and will be an easy meal to serve on the days you know you will be tired.
While starting a meal plan may be overwhelming at first you will be happy once it is completed. After you get several meal plans done you can use them over and over again on rotation. It will be much easier knowing what you are making for dinner and be able to look forward to taking away the dinnertime stress that exists when there is not a healthy family meal plan. Besides saving money, time and stress you will find it so much more enjoyable to sit down around the table and eat a healthy meal with your family.
Written by: Trish Holfelder
Trish is a mother of 5. She freelances her skills as a Virtual Assistant and operates several family friendly blogs.