Friday Freebies: Meal Planning Template FREE Download

Friday Freebies: Meal Planning Template Download

As you may have noticed, I rarely ever write about food – mainly because I consider it a major accomplishment worthy of a lifetime of praise if I can find the time and energy to prepare at least one meal a week. As such, I am in no position to be delving out advice.

Sad, I know.

The most frustrating part of this scenario is that, as surprising as it may be, I actually enjoy cooking. Unfortunately, it seems like all the evil forces set out against me if and when I do find a free minute to prepare something: I can't find the casserole dish, I don't have nearly half of the necessary ingredients, can't think of anything healthy to prepare, and what in the world is "blanched cardoon," anyway?

So in an effort to be more intentional in serving my husband, I have designed a meal planning template that will hopefully help me (and you, if you so choose to join me on this oh-so-exciting cooking adventure) stay on track. 

Now, if I could only find the time to sit down and actually fill this thing out.... Let me know if you have better luck with it! And while you're at it, if you've got any favorite quick dinner recipes, please share in the comments section!

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  2. I might use this printable myself… Before I was using a little dry erase board on my fridge. There’s really only space for one word, so you can’t fit any details in at all.

    The Glamorous Housewife just reviewed an advanced meal prep system called 5 Dinners, 1 Hour. Check it out: http://theglamoroushousewife.com/2015/10/meal-planning-5-dinners-1-hour-review/ Perhaps that will work for you…

    On a Pinterest board as well as on my blog, I have a “Quick & Easy Italian Porkchops” recipe. It truly can be done quickly and is delicious. My “pasta specialty” that I do once a week every week is some variation of sauteed vegetables of choice, tomato sauce and pasta. The vegetables are cut and cooked in the time it takes me to boil the water and cook the pasta (and munch on cheese and crackers while sipping red wine…). Everything is dumped together in the saute pan and stirred before serving. I usually do more vegetables than pasta to make it healthier.

    Good luck!

  3. I know some people manage to plan weeks and months ahead and that just seems overwhelming for me. I started planning just one day ahead every evening and that has been a great help for me. I sit down (while my kids are asleep) remember what I have in my fridge and pantry and think of meals I could put together. Then I take out stuff from the fridge that needs to be prepared before hand (like peeling potatoes, soaking beans, or take out meets to unfreeze). Another thing that I really need to get a hang of is slow cooker. You put the ingredients together in the morning and come back to a healthy all ready dinner! Thanx for the down load and good luck with your food adventures!

    • I’m going to give the weekly planning a try simply because I have so little free time during the week and can’t just drop by a store to pick up a few groceries before making dinner, unless I want to be having dinner around 8 or 9 in the evening… That’s why I need to plan about a week in advance.

      As for the slow cooker, it’s my absolute favorite! But my problem is remembering to take out the meat to thaw the night before… Another challenge is that I’m usually gone from 7AM until 6PM or later, and that’s an awful long time for something to cook, even on the lowest setting. Having said that, the few times I’ve planned ahead and used the crock pot, it has turned out really well! I have a delicious Italian Chicken recipe that I can send you, if you want!

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