I am trying something new in 2016 and I am hoping you might join me! The last couple of months our grocery bill has been steadily climbing while at the same time we have been spending more money on eating out. And it MUST change, if not for waistlines but for our finances. I attribute the increase in spending with an increase in my stress levels. I recently started hard-core board prepping on top of working 40-50 hours a week in the clinic. I am exhausted by the end of the day and often times that led to not wanting to cook what was on my meal plan, picking up something fast, and wasting food and money. SO I made good use of some of my extra time on this break and created a meal plan for the month of January and prepped our freezer FULL of healthy meals.
I am hoping that by having half our meals for the month ready and waiting in the freezer will help reduce our spending and keep us on track nutritionally. Yesterday I spent less than 3 hours in the kitchen and prepped 14 full meals. And you can too! Below is my calendar for the month. You’ll notice a couple of repeating meals. Every Friday we like to grill pizza as a family and Sundays will be a day of grilling which will help in preparing our lunches for the week too. I threw in a day for leftovers because many times leftovers go to waste. I am hopeful that this will be a plan that not only sticks for us but helps reduce waste.
January Meal Plan Recipes
Anything marked with an asterix is a meal that is currently residing in my freezer. Everything else requires minimal prep work and was put on nights that go with my work schedule. I was able to make the 13 meals above by spending less than $200 which is GREAT for us.
Here’s hoping that this method works well and helps us prosper more in 2016 😉
How do you meal plan? What works best for you/your family?