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Ya’ll, I did it– it only took me an extra month to get there but I am going to start sharing my monthly meal plan here on the blog and I am STOKED!
I tried to get to it for January, but it just wasn’t in the cards. I had NO mojo to get writing for the month. This is actually my first blog post of 2020. I am way late to the start of the game for the year but this year I am all about giving myself GRACE so that is what I have been doing!
Life has simply been wild. The year started off with an abundance of holiday goodness, then onto life madness, more parties, and event I hosted with Fred Meyer and BAM. Here we are. Just about to close out the month of January and the blog has absoutely been on the back burner.
But don’t worry. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been planning out some killer content for ya’ll. Nope, I have some big plans for this year.
I did follow a monthly meal plan for this current month, but I also learned a lot.
Like the fact that I thought I’d personally need a left overs day but totally spaced the fact that we eat left overs for lunch so.. left over day never happened. It turned into a free for all night.
I also learned that we couldn’t just NOT eat out. For January I planned all 31 days of meals. When in reality, this mama needs a break from the kitchen! So for February I’ve included one night each week to eat out.
Anyways, that’s enough of a back story let’s dive into the HOW TO start a monthly meal plan, and fill that sucker in right!
February Monthly Meal Plan
Step 1: Print out your calendar. I literally searched “blank calendar” in google and used one of the first ones that popped up. You could also be fancy and draw out your own. But I am lazy.
Step 2: Fill out the calendar with dates and events. This is a good place to start because you’ll find the nights no one will be home, or whoever might not be home, and meals will be adjusted. For example, I know I’m going on a trip this upcoming weekend. My husband won’t cook super involved meals like I will, so I know to schedule easy meals for him to put together!
Step 3: Choose a few theme nights. This is how I am able to put together my meal plan SUPER quick. I like meatless monday, taco tuesday, noodle wednesday, breakfast for dinner sunday, ect. See how easy that’ll make coming up with dinner ideas?
Step 4: Select nights you’ll eat out, or if you think you make enough left overs to feed your family for an evening schedule that in once a week.
Step 5: Fill in the blanks! I did so with the help of Pinterest. For example, I searched “taco dinner ideas” and literally just found a few ideas I thought would work for my family and plugged them in.
Step 6: Hang on the fridge and you’re SET!
Now, this isn’t the cheapest way to make dinners.
You’re not necessarily shopping the big sales or utilizing coupons. BUT you are saving a crap load of time and energy when it comes to dinner ideas and that is worth it to me.
What do you think? Are you going to take a dive over to the dark side with me and go the monthly meal planning route?