If you’re on a budget or you have little to no time during the week, meal planning is one of the best things you can do!
I try to do it as often as I can and I assembled (kind of) a guide (it’s more of a description) on how I plan my meals for a week.
Looking for recipes
The first thing I do is looking for nice new recipes on Pinterest that I can try, often I look for different recipes that use similar ingredients . Then I’ll make a list of everything I need to buy and go buy it!
I sort the recipes after the life span of the veggies/meat I use and that’s the order I will cook them in. Also I usually use recipes I can eat for 2 days in a row, that saves money and time (I double the amount of the ingredients or the recipe is already made for 4 people)! So I need about 3 recipes for a week of food.
How I store the veggies
I know that there are many different opinions on which veggies belong in the fridge and which don’t. I like to handle it the way that I put everything in the fridge. It has always worked and there is nothing wrong with the veggies afterwards. Also, no fruit flies that come to our kitchen!
Sometimes, but rather rarely, I cook all the meals on a calm day when I have lots of time to spare. I freeze all the stuff I don’t eat on the same day or the next day. The important thing here is that you can’t freeze every food item without it losing vitamins (like lettuce) or getting mushy (berries) or something else. Potatoes should not be frozen, for example. If you’re unsure google the ingredient before freezing it. The best things you can freeze are soups and stews.
Anyways, I tend to cook my meals freshly and I always keep some time free for it. And if I have a day with absolutely no time, I’ll cook the meal the day before. You have to find what works for you and fits your usual routine.