Easy meal planning tips to help all moms! Plus, you can get free printables to help make your meal planning simple!
Easy meal planning is essential for every mom’s life. It is a game-changer. While it does take some practice, it is worth it!
More times than I can remember, I have spent the 4:30 pm-5 pm period of time, scrambling around my kitchen, trying to figure out what I can quickly throw together for dinner before soccer practice. Can you relate?!
As moms in the midst of the everyday moments of life, we can use meal planning to help eliminate one area of stress. Let’s dive into some easy meal planning tips! First, make sure to grab the FREE meal planning printables!
Easy Meal Planning Tips for Moms
Use theme night dinners.
In the past, I would sit down and look through my cookbooks, Pinterest, and start to get overwhelmed because there were so many options. However, since school has started back I have been trying to have different themes for each night and it has been a big win!
Instead of trying to come up with a new plan every week, theme night dinners give you a basic framework to follow.
Here is the current plan I am following:
- Sunday- Salad
- Monday- Crockpot
- Tuesday- Tacos
- Wednesday- Italian
- Thursday- Sheet Pan
- Friday- Pizza
- Saturday- Grilled
Other ideas are Instapot, Stir Fry, divide up depending on the protein, vegetarian, etc.
Make the plan and then go grocery shopping.
This may sound super simple but sometimes we need to be reminded to keep it simple. Every single Thursday, I sit down and make a meal plan for the following week. By following the themed dinner nights, it does not take too long.
Then I make my grocery list. A goal right now is that I only go to the store on Fridays. Going once a week helps save big on the budget.
Check your schedule for the week.
Trust me, I learned this the hard way as we were eating chicken chili on the way to soccer practice. Hello, mom fail. As you make your meal plan, look at the schedule for that week. This allows you to see if the meal you are planning fits with the events of that evening.
Keep the meals simple.
I mostly rotate through a list of our favorite meals and then throw in a new one here and there. However, the meals are super simple. In this season of life with three active kids, simple is what works best! That means we have a main dish and two sides. Usually, the sides are a veggie/salad and potatoes cooked in some form of bread.
Put the schedule somewhere you can see it.
Our meal schedule is in the command center. I have a frame that I turned into a dry erase meal planning board and it helps so much. This way, I can look and see what the plan is. You can use the meal planning printable to create this yourself!
Involve your family.
As you are meal planning, ask if they have dinner suggestions. Or when you are making dinner, ask if one of them wants to help. Yes, it can be overwhelming to have extra hands in the kitchen, but it also can be some of the best teaching moments.
Do a morning meal prep.
One thing that I found is that even though I would have a meal plan, I would still forget to take action. This would result in me panicking at 4 pm because I forgot to start the crockpot (this is when an Instapot would be key), so I would still be scrambling!
In order to eliminate this issue, I have found it to be helpful to take 5 minutes every morning to glance at the plan for dinner and do prep if needed.
Literally all these means are taking the meat out of the freezer, starting the crockpot, etc.
Are you ready to jump into meal planning now?!
If this is completely new to you, then take one step to start acting on today! If you have a tip to try, I would love to hear what it is! Share below! Don’t forget to grab the meal planning printables to help keep things simple! Download them here.