“What’s for dinner?”There have been many days when I knew about as much as the hungry family member who was asking the question. “I’ll figure out something”, has been my usual thought as the minutes in the munchies madness hour (right before dinner) begin to dwindle. Then the importance and benefits of meal planning dawned on me (no, it really took over a year of researching for it to soak in)!
5 Benefits of Meal Planning:
1. Your grocery shopping is streamlined.
2. You and your family know what’s for dinner, so you don’t get the same kind of questions.
3. You are able to prepare items that take a little longer in advance.
4. You don’t run out of ingredients for a dish you were planning to make. Therefore, there are fewer mad dashes to the grocery store and (sometimes not so good) substitutions.
5. You end up spending less time in the kitchen on meal-related tasks.
So, in the spirit of finally understanding all of these benefits, I thought it would be fun to share my meal plan ideas with you in a weekly series called Superb Supper Sundays. My meals run from Sunday to Saturday, however I try to plan out my meals and grocery list on Fridays so that all the grocery shopping can be done on Saturdays. I happen to find that early in the morning on Saturday is the best time for me to shop because I have more free time and the crowd is minimal. (At the present, my wonderful husband has been doing the shopping or Peapod has been making the delivery.)
Weekly Meal Plan – 2/19-2/25
Sunday (Crockpot Night) – Crockpot Hearty Vegetable Stew; Cornbread; Salad
Monday (Mexican Night) – Bean Nachos; Salad
Wednesday (Leftover Night) – Leftover Buffet
Thursday (Mexican Night) – Black Bean Fajitas; Corn
Friday (Italian Night) – Four Cheese Pizza; Salad
I will be updating photos of the meals as they are completed!
Do you have any kid-friendly vegetarian dishes to share? I would love to try them out!