As we kick off the year, I know a lot of us have goals to be more mindful, organized, purposeful and kind to one another and the planet. All of those part of my goals for the year, but like more people, I have also have a goal to be healthier. That always starts to wane for me when January is over. However, I find that this weekly meal planner helps me to stay more on track throughout the rest of the year.
It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. When I get caught up in something, there’s not enough hours in the day. The first thing to go is always exercise.
The second thing to go is homemade food. We always seem to get into this doom loop around the holiday season where we start eating out three or four times a week. Let’s be honest, that does not work for our life.
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It’s funny because you would think as a blogger – and more specifically maybe a food blogger, I’m always making amazing meals. But it’s just as easy for our family to fall into the convenience trap as it is for anyone else. Especially if I’ve spent the day cooking a recipe or testing recipes for the blog or for Instagram. I’m always too beat to think about preparing another meal for dinner that night.
In order to help us get back on track I have to sit down and write out our dinner meals on paper. Not on my phone, not in an app, but on paper. For some reason, having a sheet of paper where I have to physically write the words and the dinner menu for the week helps me stay on track.
Weekly meal planner helps in so many ways
Meal planning becomes vital not only to our health in the new year, but our budget too. This season was especially costly since the donkeys came right before holiday season. The barn and planning for all their care is costly and eating out is costly too.
There’s also something about having a dinner meal plan for the week and having the whole family – Kevin included – know what that meal plan is. It’s a mental benefit to writing it down and an emotional benefit knowing we are all on the same page.
Kevin has to cook two meals per week (because I can’t do it all, friends) and I believe this weekly meal planner helps to keep him on task for his days. If he doesn’t have a scheduled day, time and meal, he defaults to waiting for me to make something. Then I get frustrated, we argue and end up ordering out.
Weekly meal planner template
To help with this, I’ve created this dinner meal planning template. The meal planning template gives us space to write down each of our weekly. dinners for the week. It gives me a space for the main course and side dishes. It also includes a spot for us to keep track of our grocery list as we plan.
This is something I’ve had printed out on pads so we can use it each week. However, it’s just as effective if you need to print it weekly.
You can download the Weekly Dinner Menu here.