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How to plan a month worth of meals

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Today we will be looking at how to plan a month worth of meals
This step-by-step guide will help you take the stress out of having to think of what to cook for dinner!

In most households, the bulk of the meal planning becomes the mother’s responsibility. And you know what, it sucks!
I hate meal planning. Every week it’s the same thing – work out what’s for dinner, try to avoid cooking something you cooked a week ago and try to please everyone.

For such a seemingly basic task, it can be really draining!

So, let’s help take some of the drain out of the task and look at how to plan a month worth of meals!

How to plan a month worth of meals in 5 easy steps

To help you on your journey to a stress-free month, we have some free printables for you!

[Step 1] Get input

This step isn’t necessary but recommended. 
Before you start your monthly meal planning, go around and ask each member of the household to list 2-3 meals they love. 
Look, you already have a bunch of meals to add to your list, without breaking a sweat! 
It also means that your family can also be kept happy with their favourite meals. 

[Step 2] Write out the staple meals 

Every household has staple meals, ones that occur almost every week. These commonly include things like pasta or meat and veg, but every house is different. You’ll know what your staple meals are! 

So think of all the staple meals and make a list of them (The freebie can help you there too!)

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[Step 3] Start adding it to the calendar

Now that you have all of these meals listed, both family favourites and staples, you can start adding them to your calendar. 
Try to space them out evenly, and fairly. Don’t bulk all of one family favourite in one week, we don’t want any arguments!

[Step 4] Make room for new meals

If you want to learn new recipes or try new things, this is a great time to add those in.
I like to add “Try a new recipe” so that I know on those days I want to try a new recipe. 
If those recipes turn out to be a success, instead of redoing the whole 4 months I like to leave 1 day a fortnight as “Surprise me!”. This is where I will fit in the new recipe, or just cook an old one. Either way, it doesn’t matter. It’s a surprise! 

[Step 5] Fill in the gaps

Beautiful, we’re on the way to a successful month of meals!
At this point you will likely have gaps in the calendar, so let’s fill them in. It doesn’t matter if you have a few or a lot, once we work at filling them all in you may never have to write one of these again! 

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You’re done! Check the list, then display it 

Check over your list and then once you’re satisfied, stick it somewhere you (and everyone in your home) can see it.

[Optional Step 6] Shopping lists

If you’re up to it, you can start writing out your shopping lists for each week now that you have a solid plan in place. 
Although you don’t need to do this now. You can do it week by week if its easier for you. 
Just remember that this new meal plan will make it easier to shop in future, so don’t throw out that list! 

We have a free section that contains a free printable shopping list. Make sure you check it out!

Now you have a month of meals!

This process is aimed to help you sit down and create a monthly meal plan, one that you can reuse every month until the end of time!
Then you can write it out and stick it on the fridge. Whenever someone asks you what’s for dinner you can direct them to the fridge and let them find out themselves.
It also makes shopping a lot easier, it means you can write out set shopping lists for each week and not have to strain your brain wondering what you need to buy!

Jess is an aspiring blogger, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. After relocating to remote Christmas Island, Australia, to be with her fiance, she became a mother for the first time. As a long-time sufferer of anxiety, Jess knew that as a mother she couldn't keep letting it take control of her life. Using the power of planning, Jess has learned how to use her passion for organisation to minimise anxiety and maximise her self-worth. Now she runs her blog, Mindful Galaxy, to bring all of these lessons straight to you so that you can live your best life.

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