Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Meal Planning... Where Do I Start?!

It's only the first month of the year, and we've already gone WAY over our food budget for the month. How did this happen, you ask? Eating out. There has been a lot going on just in this first month that I haven't really had the opportunity (or chance, or want lol) to cook. At all. I have to admit, part of my not wanting to cook came from the lack of appetite that comes with pregnancy. I wasn't in the mood for any kind of food unless I could have it right then and there. Hence the eating out.

I decided that it was time for a change, and my hubs agreed. Where do we start? What tools do I need? How many recipes? How far in advanced should I plan meals? The possibilities are endless!!

Ultimately, I turned to Pinterest. Where would the world be without Pinterest?!? Almost immediately I came across a website that was titled, "Meal Planning - How To". In my mind, I thought great! This will be such a great help!! It wasn't until I read further down that she wasn't just doing ordinary meal planning, but planning meals FOR A YEAR!!! (Click picture below for website.)

First thing that came to my mind - IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!

I proceeded to read her lengthy article, and realized that it wouldn't be too hard to plan meals a year at a time. She gives really great detailed steps on how to get started and how to organize everything. She's obviously not a stranger to the whole organization/planning ordeal because even her tips and tricks are organized! Clever.

The first road block I came to was the recipes. I didn't have very many (if any) recipes of my own. I usually go through my mom's cookbook if there was a certain recipe I wanted to make. Naturally, I went straight to Pinterest. I went through all of my food boards, collected all of the recipes I have either wanted to make or have made, and made a google doc. (Recipe list here) Breakfast, lunch/dinner, desserts, oh my!

So far I have about 75 recipes, some of them I printed straight from the host website. Others I had my mom email to me (can't get enough of good home cookin'!). I downloaded and printed the free binder printables and started to assemble everything when I realized, I need A LOT of page protectors. So I'm at a stand still until I get more, but I think this whole thing will be fun! I'll keep updating on my progress!

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