The BOY mentioned that he’d like to keep more meal options at home so that he could eat out less. For me, this is easy since I’m usually the one doing the grocery shopping. I take a list, but don’t stick with what is written on it, and end up with enough options to feed a family of 4 for the week. So the last few weekends, I have been taking the BOY with me to the grocery store to pick out food for the week.
On Sunday afternoon, we hit up Mariano’s for lunch and groceries. The place was PACKED, which is the negative of going on the weekend, but having the BOY was really helpful. Heading in, we had decided that I would make Mac n Cheese for dinner on Monday and I had found a soup recipe I wanted to make for lunch during the week. We had no plans beyond that.
The BOY recommended picking up some Portobello mushrooms to have one night and also mentioned turkey tacos. At which point, we started planning out dinners for the week. I could use half the turkey for my soup and then we’d have half for tacos. It was the first stages of meal planning, and I was impressed. Hey…we are taking baby steps here! When we left the store, we had plenty of fresh produce and healthy food options and the bill was under $60.
We didn’t decide exactly what we were going to eat each night, but Monday night was Mac n Cheese since I would have the time to make it. Then we could have some simpler meals for later in the week. So although I’m not to a place where I can map out my meals and shopping list for you (and I may never be), it’s good to be taking steps towards a healthier life and better budget.
Benefits of meal planning…
For ME-sticking to my food budget
For the BOY-eating more healthy meals at home
Do you plan out your meals each week?
Any tips for a newbie?