How to Meal Plan for Beginners + free printables! |
How to Meal Plan for Beginners + free printables! |

How to Meal Plan for Beginners + free printables! |

Hope you are well on your way to creating a meal planning system that works for you! I can’t even count how many times I’ve tweaked our meal plan. Sometimes I feel discouraged and frustrated, like I just can’t get it right. Other, more reasonable times, I know that systems change as seasons do, and it’s good to have the flexibility to roll with it!

The best thing to do from here is to just practice, and don’t drive yourself crazy in the process. There are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t reinvent the wheel. As you meal plan, save your lists/sets so that you can refer back to them or reuse them later.
  • Keep lists for easy reference, such as your staples checklist, lunch/snack ideas, and your recipe bank. Automate what you can!
  • Like we’ve said before, be flexible. No matter how great of a planner you are, you cannot see the future. Plans change; sometimes you pick a bad batch of onions; some days are just terrible and you decide to get your favorite fast food on the way home. None of these make you a failure. They just make you human 🙂
  • Also, be creative! Having a plan in place often unlocks some mental capacity to get inspired and do something fun for dinner. (If I don’t have a plan, I’m just too stressed and focused on getting it done to be spontaneous in the kitchen!)  If you can swap around some ingredients and make something you’re excited about, go for it!

If you’ve liked this series, please let me know in the comments, and I’d love for you to share these resources with your friends. Happy planning, and more importantly, happy eating with those you love ♥


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6 thoughts on “Part 7: Don’t Drive Yourself Crazy”

  1. I just read all parts of this series and I love it. So many tips and great information. My husband and I are moving to a kind of rural area with our 3 children soon. We are so use to just being able to go get some fast food or frozen pizzas and now we are starting to meal plan so we can get out of that habit and I think your information will help us a lot. There is a lot more to it than just thinking of 7-10 different meals and side dishes. Thank you again for sharing your experience with meal planning

    1. Hi Patrina,

      So sorry I’m just seeing this, but thanks for reading the series! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, and good luck 🙂

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