I’m a big fan of making things as easy and simple as possible around the home, so my type of meal plan is primarily set around our Favourite Family Meals. Here’s how I do it:
1. Make a list of ‘Favourite Family Meals’. Ideally, aim for 14 to begin with and keep adding to your list as time goes on. You’ll have seasonal favourites such as salads or casseroles which will provide variety later.
2. Allocate a rating to each meal. I used ‘E’ for Easy and ‘H’ for Harder (or more time-consuming) meals. Use a rating system that will make sense to you.
3. Set up your template. List the days of the week down the left side of the page & add two column headers (Week 1 & Week 2). It may help to set up a spreadsheet for easy changes down the track. You’ll have a template similar to the one pictured below.
5. Distribute ‘H’ meals to the rest of your weeks. Take care that you don’t have similar meals on consecutive nights. You might like to incorporate a ‘Try a Recipe Night’ or ‘Takeaway Treat Night’, etc. You’ll likely have meals left over from your ‘Favourites List’ and these can be used to add variety at a later stage or to take advantage of seasonal produce, etc.
You now have a basic two week meal plan that you can change as the seasons change or as your family finds new favourite meals. All you need to do is alternate Week 1 and Week 2.
You could also add in desserts; lunches or baking (ie: biscuits for the tin; cakes, etc).
If this has helped simplify meal planning for you or if you have a question, please leave a message in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you!
Until next week,