Simplifying in the New Year Series: Making a Meal Plan



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This is the last post in our series and for me it is the most important way to simplify your life!

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“Mommy, I’m hungry! I want a snack! What’s for Dinner?” Do you hear this often throughout the day?
I used to and boy did it drive me crazy! Half the time I didn’t even know how to answer them because I had no idea what I was making for dinner. School was done, and I was cleaning up from that and got caught into doing other things around the house. Before I knew it, it was 5:30 and then I had to throw something together. Usually, I would end up letting them have a snack while I was figuring out what to do and then they wouldn’t be hungry for their dinner. Please tell me I am not the only one that this happens to?!?!?

I wanted to include meal planning in our Simplifying in the New Year Series, because having a meal plan in place really does simplify things! There are so many different ways that you can meal plan.

I love these posts from Heavenly Homemakers:
A Simple Way to Plan a Menu – She meal plans healthy meals for every meal, every single day to feed her brood of growing boys. She also offers encouraging tips and ideas in this post Why My Whole Foods Plan Might Be Overwhelming and Meal Planning Tips – what staples to keep on hand for quick meal planning.

We offer FREE Meal Planning Menus every month! This year we started a new feature here at Homeschool Giveaways. We will have an instant download of printable monthly meal plans with clickable recipe collections for you throughout the month!

January 2015 Menu Plan
Make meals easy with this Monthly Meal Plan from Homeschool Giveaways!! :: www.homeschoolgiveaways.com
February Monthly Meal Plan
Check out February Meal Plan with loads of new recipes, easy meals and Slow Cooker recipes!! :: www.homeschoolgiveaways.com

A simple way to meal plan:
I tend to get overwhelmed and my sweet husband offered to help me plan meals! Every Sunday after church we go through the sale ads and go through our freezer and cupboards and come up with meals for the week. This is a nice way to spend some time together and we even get the kids involved with helping us with ideas. They also enjoy being able to look at the board and know what we are having. The routine seems to help with the chaos at times and this is the simplest idea we have come up with!
Once we come up with our menu we put them here! Then there are no “what’s for dinner?” throughout the afternoon! 
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If you need help planning and want to try lots of new recipes as well as having a grocery list all planned out for you then you will want to try out the amazing menu plans from Build a Menu!

These menus are wonderful and there are so many menus to choose from! I especially like the Trim Healthy Mama Menus! This makes living the THM Lifestyle so much easier!!!
Here is a great post and video on How Build a Menu Works!

They even have a 12 week Cooking With Kids Curriculum!

Do you meal plan in your home? What method has worked best for you?

Don’t miss the other posts in our Simplifying in the New Year Series:
Keeping Up With the Clutter
Create a Chore Schedule
Purge and Donate

Written by Sarah

Sarah

Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Granola Mama to 4 children ages 16-5. She is a Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for 13 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, Coffee and Green Smoothies!

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