GETTING STARTED WITH MEAL PLANNING

- Keep a well‐stocked pantry: This will ensure that you have a supply of simple and nutritious foods in your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer that will allow you to put a healthy meal together in a hurry.

- Get meal ideas and input from family members: Your family will be more likely to eat what is prepared at meal time if their food preferences are considered. They are also more likely to help with meal preparation and clean up.

- Categorize meals and organize them into breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks: You might find it helpful to get a meal planning binder. Include all of your recipes at the back of the binder.

- Plan your week’s menu on the same day each week: Assess your upcoming schedule and be realistic about how much time you will have to prepare dinner on each night of the week. Plan for quick meals on nights when you have evening activities planned and save more complex meals for evening when you have plenty of time for cooking.

- Make a shopping list: Check your pantry, fridge and freezer and write up your list based on your planned meals. Make sure to include items that you will need for all meals and snacks. It is a good idea to keep a running list on the fridge to add items that you need.

- Post your meals on the fridge or a white board or cork-board in the kitchen: This way everyone will know what to expect and whoever gets home first can start preparing the meal. Make sure to leave the recipe out and visible.

-Recycle your meal plans: Keep your old meal plans and use them again. This is a great time saver!


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