How do I meal plan?

Updated: Aug 12, 2021

I meal plan 95% of the time. I sit down and decide what I am going to have for dinner every night of the week so that I can create my grocery list and have everything I need (and defrosted) when I need it. Depending on my schedule, some nights I teach or the kids have activities, so it comes down to planning.

Below are some insight into HOW I plan?

What do I have in my pantry?

First question I ask is 'what do I have in my pantry?' I am pretty good about keeping shelves stocked with garbanzo beans, black beans, tomatoes, etc. So, what do I have and do I feel like using the items?

What do I have in my fridge?

Looking at my vegetable drawer, what do I have in the drawer and how can I use it? Brussel sprouts? Bacon? Saute those up to make a simple pasta. Cauliflower, plus garbanzo beans above? Make my fave roasted cauli + garbanzo beans as a side dish to a simple grilled chicken.