|We all have those moments when a visit to a local food truck just sounds like such a wonderful idea!|
I've written a post in the past about how I meal plan, but a few months ago I started making some changes to my meal planning routine. Most importantly I purchased these fun magnets (below) from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. They were not marketed as meal planning tools, but that's what I thought of the moment I saw them.
|I believe these were originally supposed to be "to-do" magnets, for planning out what to do each day. I turned them into "to-eat" and "to-make" magnets, for planning what to eat or make each day, and what needs to be consumed in the fridge.|
Each week I look through magazines (such as Diabetic Living, Clean Eating, and Cooking Light), as well as my Pinterest page (below) ....
....and of course newspapers (The Columbus Dispatch has a Food section each Wednesday. I love it!)
Here are my steps for meal planning;
1) Look through my fridge to see if there are any ingredients that I need to use relatively soon
2) Pick two recipes that sound delicious, and of course simple (I like to stick to simple recipes, haven't you noticed?!) and try to incorporate the ingredients I already have at home. This typically means doing a little recipe modification.
3) Go to my board and fill it out, adding the name of the recipe to the days I have off from work (typically I have Sunday and Wednesday off, so I write the name of my recipes on those days because I know I'll have time to cook a meal).
5) Write out my grocery list, and find the time to shop! I typically go grocery shopping twice a week (on my two days off).
QUESTION: What's your meal planning routine? Do you have any tips you'd like to share?
Don't forget to enter my Vegetarian Slow Cooker Cookbook giveaway. I'll be drawing a winner next Wednesday!
Thanks for reading.