Are you starting the New year with a New Meal Plan? Decided that this year is the time to organise your meals and get healthy? Well, I am here to help you, I am a huge advocate for meal planning as a way of life. I believe it saves money. saves you time can make you eat healthier and makes things run smoother and who doesn’t want that in their life?
How do I start Meal Planning in the New Year?
I have a detailed post on how to start Menu Planning available for you to read. But I will give you a quick rundown here on the process.
- The first step – write a list of your families favourite dishes and dishes you would like to try.
- Check your fridge and Freezer and use my Freezer inventory to list what you do have.
- Check your Store cupboards I have a new printable for that too – HERE
- Print out your free Snapshot and Snippets Meal Planner
- Go through your family favourite lists and your Freezer inventory and cupboard list. And write in any meals you can make on your list.
- Then see what you have part ingredients for and write what you need to buy on your free downloadable Shopping List
- Check the Food Specials in your local supermarket and see what meals you could make with them
- Fill in your Menu Plan for the week and bring your Shopping list to the shops ( yes even I forget )
Doing this might seem time-consuming at first but it becomes second nature after a while and you will know what you have in the fridge, cupboards and what meals work.
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So this is the New Year New Meal Plan
Monday New Years Day
We will be having Roast Chicken with Veggies and Lower-fat Kinder Bueno Cheesecake.The great thing about this Cheesecake is you don’t need to feel guilty about a small piece.
Tip: Check the fridges for meat that has been reduced I got this Chicken before Christmas and had it in the freezer, it was 30% off.
Tip: Eat Seasonal vegetables to keep your food budget down
Usually Pizza night in our house but as I am trying to Eat Healthy in the new year I am going to do Steamed Prawns and Spinach with Wholemeal rice and Raspberry vinegar for me thanks to my new microwave steamer.
Tip: Steaming food is a low-fat way of cooking and is a great way to cook fish
This Low-fat Beef Stroganoff is warming and without the fat, spot the health kick I am on! And as it is slow-cooker recipe it is one you can pop on an leave to cook while you are busy.
Tip: Slow cooking is great for cheap cuts of meat and frees up your days
Pork chops are on Special this week in Lidl for 3 Euros. If you are looking for something more interesting to do with you Pork try this Cajun Pork Casserole to warm your taste buds.
Tip:Plain cuts of meat can always be used in different ways to make your meals more intersting while still saving money.
I am going to make a Veggie Chilli in the slowcooker – just don’t tell my family I have Meatless mince! What they don’t know doesn’t hurt them.
Tip- Chilli is great for making into a meatless meal and can be served in so many ways
This tasty one tray Easy Lemon Chicken with Asparagus and Potatoes is perfect for Sunday dinner and Chicken Breast are on special this week saving you money.
Tip: Always pick up expensive parts of the meal when they are on Speical offer to keep your grocery bill down
If you are looking for Meal Planning ideas
Ever look at the Instagram feeds of your favourite food bloggers and wonder “how on earth do they keep up with it all?”
They’re dealing with the same responsibilities as you: laundry piles, bedtime stories, snow shovelling, bill paying, work stress…
And still, they get delicious, wholesome (and even pretty) meals on the table? What gives?
Well, you’re about to find out by going behind-the-scenes, and right into their kitchens!
It’s called the Meal-Plan-Along, and here are all the can’t-miss details:
Five VIP bloggers are joining forces with Ultimate Bundles on January 3rd from 4-7 pm Eastern time.
You can curl up with a warm drink, and maybe a basket of clean laundry, and join us virtually through your computer or mobile device.
Wardee Harmon of Traditional Cooking School will be spilling her time-saving secrets using the slow cooker and pressure cooker to meal plan.
Does meal planning feel stressful? Get this: Katie Kimball from Kitchen Stewardship will be talking about how meal planning can reduce your stress.
If the whole idea is a bit daunting, fear not… Kresha Faber from Nourishing Joy will be sharing meal planning techniques for beginners.
One big reason for meal planning is to save you money! Susan Heid from The Confident Mom will be dishing out her tips for meal planning on a budget.
If any member of your family has allergies, don’t worry! Elise New from Frugal FarmWife is going to drop some knowledge bombs on how to meal plan around food allergies.
And to finish it out, Stephanie Langford from Ultimate Bundles will be hosting the whole event and will be chiming in with some ninja batching and freezer cooking secrets (when you’ve got five kids who want to eat every day, you find shortcuts).
Follow along to see how six different women feed their families using simple strategies to stay more organized, make meals come together more easily, spend less time cooking, and ensure healthy meals make it to the table even in the busy times.
2018 doesn’t have to be the year of food waste, sky-high grocery bills, unhealthy meals, and last-minute takeout. You can do this, and we can’t wait to show you how to make it all easier and more doable!
Register for the FREE live event on January 3rd right here. https://us154.isrefer.com/go/HMPB2018cast/a8776/
I am starting a healthy eating series with Friday with Healthy recipes to help you find a new you in the New Year.
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