I plan my meals over the weekend, that way I have a grocery list for Tuesday or Wednesday and I know exactly what I need. This does save me money at the grocery store. It cuts down on impulse buying too. The only extras I purchase are sale items that I know I will needs and keep.
I try to plan at least a week ahead - this has 2 benefits for us - firstly its cheaper as I can batch cook and then plan to use the extra food and second - by planning before I eat I can balance my meals and stay within my calorie and macro nutrient targets!!
I subscribe to some blogs and follow some on Pinterest that offer meal plans...they are all free...some not necessarily too healthy, but I just make them healthier or add more veggies...the ones I subscribe to are: mommyhatescooking.com she has Menu Plan Monday, shrinkingkitchen.com has Menu Plan Your Butt Off (lol), 5dollardinners.com has Weekly Meal Plans, plainchicken.com just started a weekly one called What's for Dinner? and skinnymom.com has her Skinny Meal Planners :)
When I'm really organized I plan supper meals up to a month in advance, but that's rare right now. Usually I try to have an idea of the next day or 2 in my mind and maybe do a little planning ahead when I go to the grocery store. I stick to about 20 recipes the family really enjoys usually then throw in some new stuff from time to time to keep it interesting. I figure we should eat what we all enjoy, so if I find a healthy recipe we like...it's a keeper. I am cooking for 5, so I have no great advice on cooking for 1-2.
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I work hard to follow the meal plans in Clean Eating and Oxygen magazines. In addition, I have all the Eat Clean books from Tosca Reno, and all the previous have 2 week meal plans with shopping lists. While the magazine menus are seasonal and offer less expensive shopping based on what is in season, it is easy enough to swap the veggies and fruits in the menus and recipes. Not all meals require a recipe. Most are simple to put together, and depend on the ability to pack and take a day's worth of eating with you in a cooler. Great when I am working every day, and into the evening or traveling. Clean eating is about using fresh foods or preservative free if processed. Meals are uncomplicated.
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I buy a bunch of stuff and figure it out as I go, but I really want to start planning for the week and sticking to it. My schedule is unpredictable (work)and sometimes my bf is over for dinner, but we don't have set days so it makes it a bit harder.
Do you plan out your meals each week or just buy variety of foods and figure out each day? Or do you use the plan on here?
Ive been getting emails from food blogs I follow that are starting to give weekly meal plans and thought of starting that since I have a hard time figuring it out on my own with soooo many recipes to choose from lol a few are actually from skinny cooking sites too :)
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