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Meal Plan :: Your Guide to a Clean & Organized Kitchen :: Step 29

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Your kitchen is clean and organized. Now it’s time to USE it! What better way to do that then to cook, bake, and EAT!

Step 29 :: Meal Plan

One of the things that make dinner time stress-free is to have a meal plan. Now, meal plans come in all shapes and sizes. Some like to write out every single bite they plan to put in their body during the week. Others just keep ideas about what they want to cook in their head.

Whatever your meal planning style, I want to encourage you to at least have one. Here are a few options to make it easier:

Let someone else plan for you:

Once a month freezer cooking – includes speciality menus. Once a Month Mom has several menu options to choose from (By the way, I’m the Paleo menu writer!). Recipe cards, a grocery list and instructions to cook all of your meals for the month in one day are provided for each specialty meal plan.

Once a week meal planning – includes specialty menus. If once a month cooking seems a bit overwhelming, eMeals is a great option. Just like Once a Month Mom, eMeals has several specialty menu options. However, the meal plan and instructions are perfect for buying all of your ingredients at once time and then cooking dinner each night.

Once a week meal planning.  For the past three years, Tiffany from Eat at Home has provided weekly meal plans and grocery lists for FREE. You won’t be able to get customized meals plans like Paleo, Clean Eating, Whole Foods, Gluten/Dairy Free, Vegetarian, etc. But, if you’re not ready to pay the small subscription price for OAMM or eMeals, you can get a meal plan for free every single week from Eat at Home!

Plan meals yourself, but use resources to make it easier:

Write it down, old school. Take a few minutes every week to map out a plan for your meals. You can use cookbooks, the internet, or even your own tried and true recipes. If you’re new to meal planning, you may want to start out with easy meals that use the slow cooker. You can get some great ideas from this Slow Cooker Freezer Meal Cookbook (it’s one of my faves because it uses REAL healthy food. I’ve talked about it in detail here.)

Go high-tech. Resources like Plan to Eat make it incredibly easy to plan your meals. With a click of a button you can save recipes into your queue. Slide your recipes into the calendar and then print your shopping list. Easy peasy.

There are multiple ways to plan your meals. Just pick a way and stick with it. You’ll save money because you’ll eat at home and use up the food you buy. Plus, it helps you stay on track if you’re trying to eat healthy.

Do you meal plan? What tips do you have for tracking your meals?

Read the rest of the clean and organized kitchen series here!

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  • Mendi January 2, 2013, 6:28 pm

    Supercook.com is a free website that allows to to input the ingredients u have in ur cupboards and fridge and gives u different ideas of what to make with what u already have

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  • Madeline January 2, 2013, 11:18 pm

    Just wanted to throw in my two cents that Plan to Eat has saved my life! I love it so much. It’s a place to keep all my recipes, a place to keep a list of ones I want to do soon, and then a place to organize menus and shopping lists. It rules!

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  • Krys January 8, 2013, 9:15 am

    Thanks for the great suggestions.

    I checked out Eat at Home, and learned that she has stopped supplying new free meal plans. Starting in 2013, she charges $4 per month. The previous three years’ meal plans are still available on the site for free, though.

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