Welcome to the second post in our Mummyhood Made Easy Series. The series is all about making the lives of parents and nannies that little bit easier! This post is something that I'm sure many of you can relate to – meal planning!
We all want to feed our children healthy, nutritious meals that they’ll actually enjoy, but when it comes to the end of the day, who has the energy left to decide what to cook, pick out a recipe and make sure you have all the ingredients?
Cynthia Ewer at Organized Home, explains that a menu plan saves money and time, as well as improving nutrition! So if you’re feeling intimidated by just getting started, follow some of her simple advice.
The easy way to get started with your weekly meal plans:
Start off small: only plan one week of meals and see how that goes. Don’t overwhelm yourselves trying to plan too far into the future. You might find that you’re happy to repeat this menu plan every week!
Plan around your personal schedule: Keep in mind which evenings are busy in your house and which ones offer more time for cooking. Plan quick fixes like homemade pizza or leftovers on the busy evenings and fancy dinners for the evenings when you have time to go all out!
An amazing way to get your kids to enjoy meal times and eat those pesky veggies is by getting your kids involved in the menu planning process. Giving your kids choices and having them involved will also teach them some basic cooking skills that will serve them for life! Shaina Olmanson, at Food for my Family, describes how giving your kids a choice in the meal planning and exposing your children to their food before it arrives on the table helps lead to healthy eating habits in the long run. And you just might avoid a meal time meltdown!
Meal plan samples for you to choose from:
Now, on to the yummy! Here’s a collection of nutritious, already built meal plans and delicious recipes to help get you started on your new menu planning. Use one of the prepared plans or create your own with any of the fantastic recipes below!
This 6 week meal planner includes favourites like chicken risotto, homemade fish fingers and chili con carne. It also helps to plan out how to repurpose leftovers from the night before into tonight’s menu, saving you even more time!
This 4 week meat-free menu planner is perfect for vegetarian families or anyone wanting to cut down their meat intake. With delicious recipes for slow cooked potato casserole, vegetarian paella, and vegetable dhansak, you can use this planner as is, or pluck the individual recipes out to create your own planner.
Over on My Family Club, you can find a ton of one-week meal plans along different themes that are updated every week! There are plans for busy parents, balanced eating, time saving, and wholesome, healthy recipes, among others. The plans also come with a downloadable shopping list and tell you the price per meal and per portion!
Some recipe ideas:
If these planners don’t cut it for you, here are some more healthy, child-friendly recipes to try:
Yummy fried rice is perfect when you have leftover rice.
Coriander and lime grilled chicken goes well with a barbecue.
This healthy version of nachos is fun and delicious for the kids.
Use any leftovers from your nachos above towards this yummy chilli con carne.
Super quick pesto salmon is great for busy nights.
You can throw everything together in a pot to cook this easy tomato and basil chicken.
This simple pork stir fry is ready in just half an hour.
I hope these tips help ease the stress around your meal planning- do you have any other tips to add or great recipes? We'd love to hear them please share them with us!
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