I’ve been a proponent of meal planning for a looong time. However, it was just me for a while there so I really didn’t need to plan. I’d eat when I wanted to eat and I’d pretty much each whatever was in the fridge/pantry. And yes, that does mean there were nights, as a single gal, that I ate Ramen Noodles, or an english muffin with peanut butter, or even *gasp* cereal. I discovered my love for cooking back in 2005, but it didn’t always make sense to make these awesome meals for just me.
Then, I got married. Andrew needs meat in his meals. He can’t do salads for dinner. He wouldn’t dream of eating an english muffin with peanut butter because he would follow that up with a hamburger from McDonald’s. The man needs meat to make his meals feel complete. Hey, who can blame him.
So, for the past two years each Sunday morning I’ll sit down and plan out our meals for the week. To find recipes I’ll scour the internet, my cookbooks, hit up my mom and sisters, and watch the Food Network for a little while. Then, I make a list based off of the meals I’ve decided upon and head to the grocery store. This is an exhausting feat. If you are a planner, like me, you know this is a half-day adventure at a minimum.
Then, one glorious Monday afternoon I discovered Eat at Home. This wonderful woman gives you a six meals a week, their recipes, and the grocery list you’ll need. I shall dub her an angel from this point forward. She assumes you’ll eat out, have leftovers, or cook something on your own one night a week, thus the six meals as opposed to seven. Some of the meals are a bit on the not terribly healthy side, but they are super easy to modify if you’re looking for 6 healthy meals a week. Also, she uses a lot of ingredients you’ll have in your pantry so you may not even need to shop for everything on the list – I didn’t this past week. I spent $120 for a full week’s worth of dinners. The meals are designed for four people and I only have two, BUT I like to bring my lunch every day so it works out well.
So, in conclusion, if you want to take the hassle out of deciding what to eat, what to buy, and even having to write it down (because its all written down in a very pretty printable format for you). Then do yourself a solid and give the site a visit!
Any other time-saving meal sites you’d like to share?