Meal Plans

Meal planning is a key change I made in an effort to organise my time, reduce stress, reduce waste and save money on my grocery shop. It is so nice not to have to worry about what’s for dinner and I love staring into an empty fridge at the end of the week when it’s time to restock again. Prior to meal planning there was so much waste and excess in my home.

My rule is that there are no rules! I switch days up if I need to – for me the key is no waste and sticking to my  budget. You may start with planning only 2 or 3 days or you may choose to plan a month in advance. Do what works for you and your family, there is no one best way.

These are a selection of meal plans to inspire your journey. I arrange for my groceries to be delivered on a Friday ready for my meal plan to begin on Saturday. This allows me to factor in any activities on the weekend. It stops unnecessary top-up shops and stops my meal plan being derailed. 

 

 

Meal Plan #10
Meal planning does not mean several hours of food preparation. Simple dishes like this sticky Braised Asian Pork Belly have maximum flavour but minimal prep time. The stove does all the hard work!
braised pork belly
Meal Plan #9
Meal plans can be simple and exciting. Create moments at home by recreating meals you would normally enjoy out - Like this classic Fish & Chips.
fish and chips
Meal Plan #8
Online grocery shopping can be a great way to get in control of your grocery budget. Modify your meal plan to keep your budget in check. These creamy Swedish Meatballs are a delicious, budget meal served with a big bowl of greens.
swedish meatballs
Meal Plan #7
Including meat free meals in your meal plan is a great way to reduce your grocery bill. These Vegetarian Nachos are one of my family's favourite meals. We load our bowls with guacamole, salads and sour cream.
homemade nachos
Meal Plan #6
My favourite recipes are those that require little fuss and that require no specialty, expensive ingredients. These meals are simple but delicious... especially my cheat Beef Pho. It is so quick and easy to throw together on a weeknight.
quick beef pho
Meal Plan #5
The best place to start when meal planning is in your fridge, freezer and pantry - Write a list of the ingredients you have on hand and use these as a basis for meals you can create. This delicious Mexican rice dish is made with simple pantry staples.
mexican beef casserole

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