We’ve been having ongoing conversations around meal planning, in order to a) buy some time back each night and b) make the most of the food there is. If you’ve read this blog for long, you’ll know that food waste drives me absolutely nuts, so this is definitely one thing I’m really passionate about finding tools to improve on. Here’s a few:
The Family Meal Planner – this is perfect, in that recipes are thrifty rather than spendthrift, and includes seven day meal planners. Also covers another of my favourites, batch cooking which is definitely a godsend after work in a week!
Three Months of Meals: Where to Begin – I love the subtitle of this “for the overwhelmed beginner planner”. I’d give this a go on that basis alone. It’s a Kindle book, so low investment, but possibly worth a look. Though if I discover it’s three months worth of shepherd’s pie then I may rethink that!
7-Day Menu Planner for Dummies – I guess this one does what it says on the tin! I’ve not read a Dummies book in years but always remember that they’re good at doing what they set out to do. There’s a whole year’s worth of plans, so by the time you’ve worked through those, you could start at the beginning again as no one will remember!
Weeknight Dinners – this one made me smile with its themes: meatless Monday, Tex Mex Tuesday and more, so planning will be quite straightforward. Not to mention tasty, I reckon there’s loads in here that loads of kids will love.
Cook Now, Eat Later – I love Mary Berry, and love her for this book, or any book with the secondary title “recipes that make your life easier”. Heaven knows we all need that, and surely Mary Berry is well placed to help us with that.
So, here’s to being well organised and getting some time back for other things.