I used to tout myself as being a grandiose meal planner. Grocery shopper. Childhood feeding extraordinaire. Right now I’m form of flying by the seat of my pants in terms of feeding my household. Sure, I nonetheless think about what a well-balanced food plan or meal ought to seem like after I plate breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And sure, I do some produce prep a few times per week to verify we get some additional goodness in our diets. However I’ve fallen off the meal planning wagon this yr. And for some motive the 4th week of college has me considering it’s a superb time to begin once more!

Truthfully, the true motive I wish to add some new objects into our weekly rotation of pasta and pizza is as a result of I’m sick of cleansing [or vacuuming] parmesan cheese off the sofa, carpet, Michael’s sheets, you identify it. I additionally am feeling impressed by the air fryer I’ve been utilizing about as soon as per week. I haven’t fairly mastered and even thought of pasta in an air fryer. Sorry, Michael!

He may be cute, however he’s actually messy. If you happen to suppose that parmesan cheese stayed on the desk, you’re unsuitable!

There’s actually no science to meal planning aside from taking the time to do it. A few of my favourite meal planning assets on M2MN embrace:

Mix n’ Match Meal Planning

15 Themed Dinner Ideas

10 Cook Once and Eat Twice Ground Beef Recipes

5 Weeks of Real Dinner Menus

These days I’ve been utilizing a dinner immediate or thought to assist me set my menu for the week. That together with one actually organized calendar. As a result of let’s face it. If it’s an evening when everybody has an exercise, we would simply be consuming pizza [delivery] once more.

Or heck, we would simply have ice cream for dinner!

A immediate is simply meant to assist spark that dinner thought. So after I suppose bowls, I’d take into consideration a protein, complete grain, and veggie everybody will eat. I’ll undoubtedly have it served in a bowl, however another person would possibly need it plated. After which there’s sheet pan. A sheet pan sausage meal by no means goes uneaten right here. Solely the veggies are picked at, whereas most get pleasure from kielbasa or Italian sausage.5 dinner ideas or promptsBowls

Steak and Veggie Bowls

Greek Chicken Bowls

BBQ Chicken Bowls

 Sheet Pan

Sheet Pan Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken and Potatoes

Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner


Quesadilla Bar

Slider Bar

Pizza Bar

Taco Bar

 Gradual Cooker Beef or Hen

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef [Two Ways]

Slow Cooker Italian Beef & Broccoli


Pizza Burgers

Pizza Zoodles

Baked Pizza Chicken

A no brainer dinner thought is what I would like proper now. As a result of these mind cells are being used-up by a sure foursome!   

Tony’s face sums up how I really feel about meal planning proper now!