In this part of the series we will set the foundation for your meals. You can read about whether to go old school or new school here.
Meal planning can be a tedious task involving many hours of work, but the result will be well worth it. So grab these few things, and let’s do it right, the first time:
Ok! Let’s get started. Here you will set the foundation for your menu. This post will determine the “why”, “how” and “when”. The “what” and “how” is briefly covered here but expanded on in further detail in later posts.
It is very important that you don’t skip this part!
Here are the questions you need to consider:
- What am I trying to achieve? Why am I meal planning?
- What day of the week is shopping day?
- What day of the week will my menu start?
- How long will my menu run for?
- Will you include breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner?
- How often will you do this?
In case you’re needing some further guidance, or can’t think right now, here are some things to consider :
1. What am I trying to achieve? Why am I meal planning?
The reasons I meal plan can be found here. Your reasons could be different. In a nutshell, I’m trying to achieve greater efficiency with less wastage.
2. What day of the week will I shop?
I shop either on a Thursday night or Friday morning, sometimes both. This is due to work and other commitments. Do you have other commitments that influence the day you shop?
3. What day does your menu begin?
Could be the same day as your shopping day, or after. This will influence the way you set out your plan.
4. How long will my menu run for?
I plan 4 weeks at a time. I recommend this time frame because of variety of food and not having to constantly ask what’s for dinner next week. Yours may be longer or shorter to suit your individual circumstances.
5. Will you include breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner?
Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be fancy or restaurant type meals. It can be a simple pie for lunch or weetbix for breakfast. This answer will influence your shopping list preparation.
6. How often will you do this?
Weekly? Fortnightly? Monthly? Seasonally? I rotate through my plan for a season. This may or may not work for you.
If you’re interested in how I do it, and what works for my family, you can read about it here.
You should have a bit more of an idea now on how it’s all going to work for you.
My next post will be an FAQ post. Let me know your thoughts about this post or questions in the comments 😊
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Disclaimer: this post is based on my personal opinion and experiences and may not be applicable to your individual circumstances.
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