It feels important to tell you that I did not set our to write a meal planning ebook.
Instead, I set out to save my own sanity.
It all goes like this:
I HATE meal planning. It is hands-down the worst part of my week.
For a long time, it took me about an hour and a half every Sunday, which feels extra cruel. Sundays are supposed to be days of rest, but instead, for me, they have long involved my least favorite task.
And so, I created a system because I just couldn’t do it anymore.
It was either this, or hire Alice from the Brady Bunch. And I can’t afford that, and also, I don’t think people do that anymore, do they?
Simple Meal Planning
When I say that meal planning would take me 1.5 hours once a week, I don’t want you to think that I am a fancy person, or that I am natural organized or that I even like cooking.
NONE of that is true.
I used to like cooking for about 3-4 years, before I was a person with 2 kids and living on mostly one income and in a bunch of mothering groups that told me that if I cared, I would never, ever give my children a McDonald’s ice cream cone.
It was a lot of pressure.
No – I’m just a lady who likes to eat. Who needs to eat.
I mean, we all NEED to eat, but I am super sensitive to blood sugar swings, plus I’m a vegetarian, so if I don’t plan, things are likely to turn quite ugly quite quickly.
And so I have always meal planned, since my kids were little, which means I’ve been doing this for almost 18 years. Heaven help me.
But every week it felt like reinventing the wheel, until recently.
A Simple System
I decided that what I really needed was a simple meal planning system that I could rely on like a friend.
There would be no more pulling out 8 cookbooks every week, searching for ANYTHING we all eat.
Less waste was another requirement. I could not get all aspirational with my meal planning.
It seems lovely to think that we’re all going to eat more cruciferous vegetables, or that we’re going to suddenly all fall in love with whole grain pasta instead of the same, regular semolina pasta that FIXES THINGS.
And so, I created a 4 step (and 1 step is optional!) meal planning system.
There’s a big of leg work upfront, but nothing worth it is won without a little sweat and swearing, right?
Just for YOU!
And then it occurred to me – wait – I bet I am not the only one who struggles with meal planning.
If I was going to go and make 17 printables (yup!) why not share them?
So here you are, friends …
In this ebook, I share my simple system for making meals your family actually eats.
This 30-page ebook includes 17 printables, and will walk you through creating a list of meals your family loves, categorizing those recipes, using them for weekly planning and buying groceries that don’t rot in the crisper and mold on the counter.
- favorite and easy meals lists
- 2 meal category planning pages
- 3 weekly meal plan page options in 3 styles – Sunday start, Monday start and blank
- a meal prep plan sheet
- a printable grocery list
- a pantry inventory sheet
- and a Recipes to Try Printable
Less Stress, More Food People EAT
My hope is that this ebook and planning system will be just what you need to take some of the stress out of meal planning and help you get meals your family loves on the table.
I know that it’s helping me, and I’ve made it very adaptable, because we all do things a little differently, but one thing we all have in common is that we need to eat and we all want the process to be as enjoyable as possible, right?
So head over now and check out my newest ebook, and if you like this kind of system, don’t miss this ebook’s BFF about cleaning.