As I’m sure you’ve heard me say oooh 7000 times, meal planning has changed my life. Not only does it save us here at Thrifty Towers a pile of money and stop us from umming and ahhing over what to have and then rowing before splurging £25 on a takeaway, it also keeps us organised.
One quick tip that works well with meal planning is to go through your recipes for the week and get out all of the dried goods you need and weigh them out in one go. I weigh out any flour, sugar, cornflour, cous cous, pasta etc. that I might need and keep them in small plastic pots or tins with a labeled post it note on top. I also go through the cupboards and take out all of the spices, dried herbs and bulbs of garlic I need for the week. I organise them, loosely in a dish into the order I’ll be using them or put together any marinades and spice rubs that I’ll be using.
I then take out any recipes books I will need (most recipes are from memory or made up as I go along but I try to do one new meal a week) and pop in a bright post it note on the page I’ll be using. I make sure a little bit is still visable and write the day it will be used in large lettering. I store them next to the hob so I don’t have to fiddle about trying to find the book I need because I’m of the forgetful breed.
I’m tired in the evenings and would prefer to spend time down the pub or out with Mr Thrifty so, those 20mins once a week means making supper every evening is quicker, seamless and smooth. Any faff searching for things is all but cut out and I love feeling that little bit smug knowing that my evening is going to be planned out and hassle free.
P.S. Are you a meal planner?