18 Responses to “You Can Learn to Cook Part 1: Your Meal Plan”

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  1. traveleatlove

    I feel so much calmer when I plan meals and have what I need on hand. When we got back from vacation last week, I was a mess with an empty fridge and crazy schedule! I wrote a few guest posts for Plummelo.com which is a great site for meal planning and recipe storing, very helpful!

  2. I have recently started to take a similar approach to meal planning like you do. It has saved us a bunch of money, but also my sanity. I am so indecisive as well as lazy if I don’t have a plan, so it helps to plan things out if you ask me.

    I can’t wait for next weeks post!

  3. These are great tips! I always meal plan and it saves us money AND calories! :)

  4. I think planning ahead is SO important, even if it’s only a day ahead of time. If you can just figure out where you’ll be at your meals (aka at home or out), you can decide whether you pack a lunch or not and not waste money because you’re stuck away without anything to eat.

  5. FABULOUS tips! Can’t wait to read more!

  6. Great tips! I love planning for a few days (4) and then letting Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays follow a loose plan. I always incorporate balance and we always save because we have lunch for at least 4 days a week.

  7. I love when I actually plan meals…mostly dinners. But I can see how planning lunches/breakfasts would be very helpful too! I’m liking this idea!! You’re so organized :)

  8. Love this post- this is exactly how I plan our meals out too! yes, I also consider breakfast, lunch & dinner for both of us! I don’t actually understnad how people go to the food store without a plan and list! I think I’d be in there for hours trying to figure out what to buy!!

  9. that is great that you plan out the meals. I try to do that as well because you are right, it does save a lot of money and ends up being a lot healthier. It’s just hard when I’m feeling lazy, but I still try to eat fairly balanced on lazy nights too.

  10. Wow, that is quite extensive – not in a bad way, just I am too scattered for that I guess.

    Also, I saw your comment on Meghann’s blog about baking mixes – usually it will say w/t the nutritional info is for the mix or baked with other ingredients – if it doesn’t, I assume it’s just the mix.

  11. I wish I was organized enough to plan all those meals!! Someday I’ll get there ;)

  12. You are so organised! Love it! I plan my meals too. First of all, it helps to save money. Second, you are more likely to eat healthy if you plan your meals out. Third, you don’t end up eating out.

    I am a big list maker and I like to be organised. I think that it also helps me manage my time better too.

    Looking forward to your grocery shopping post.

  13. I eat SO much better when I plan! My husband thinks it is funny that what we are having for dinner is something we talk about at 7 in the morning… but…you’re right, economically, and health-wise, it makes good sense….now, about that beautiful looking drizzly yummy cake in the picture….?!

  14. Love it! i have to plan like this as well, or I end up eating totally random food, with nary a veggie to be seen!

  15. Tori

    I can totally relate as I too work from home. Time management is my biggest problem with working from home. It is so easy to get distracted with household tasks or that errand that needs to be ran. I also look forward to the days that I get to dress up and get out of the house. I live in my sweats!!

  16. Tori

    Oops, left the comment on the wrong post!!

  17. I enjoy meal planning and look forward to it! My boyfriend and I plan out the week together and write it on a white board in the kitchen. Then we go shopping together for everything on Saturday afternoon. It’s a fun way to spend time together. Is that weird? heeheehee!

  18. I’m learning to cook now and am hopeful that I will succeed!

    We always used to eat out before 3 kids came along in the last 3 1/2 years…time to become a chef master :)

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