What’s for dinner?
Not having an answer can leave you frazzled.
Here are four meal planning mistakes and what to do about them.
Mistake No. 1
Flying by the seat of your pants. It’s more difficult to make healthy and low-cost meal choices when you don’t plan ahead. It adds unnecessary stress to your day.
Establish a routine for planning your weekly dinners. Once a week, make a list of your dinner choices and make sure you have all the ingredients. Add missing ingredients to your grocery list.
Mistake No. 2
Frequent grocery store visits.
Do you find yourself stopping at the grocery store most days? Impulse purchases are costly and time consuming.
Plan ahead and make a grocery list which includes ingredients needed for several days of dinners. If possible, limit your grocery shopping to once or twice or each week.
Mistake No. 3
Disorganized pantry. Have you purchased something only to find you have it in your pantry? Is it difficult to locate your ingredients?
Save time by organizing your pantry. Toss expired food items and group like items together on the shelves or in your cabinets. Label shelves or containers to help you maintain organization.
Mistake No. 4
Forgetting to thaw dinner ingredients if needed. Do you have a delicious meal planned but the ingredients are still frozen?
Have a backup plan and this won’t be a big deal. Stock your kitchen with ingredients for one or two meals that do not require thawing. Avoid this problem altogether by writing yourself notes or reminders to “thaw” dinner.
You are going to love it when you know what’s for dinner!