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How To Meal Plan For A Family

Updated: Jan 13

Meal planning can be a fantastic time & money-saving activity. But actually DOING it can be painful! I know it!

Time is so precious, who wants to sit around and actually do it when there are a million more fun things to do. So grab your coffee (or a glass of wine) and let me help you break it down to make meal planning as PAINLESS as possible and help you create your own healthy family meal plan.

1. Cook Once Eat Thrice

Yes, I said it. I want you to literally make a big batch of something super easy and use it in the next three meals. My go-to here is sheet pan oven-roasted chickpeas or I like to batch cook a Costco Family Pack of Organic Chicken Thighs and use it in:

  • Tacos

  • Burritos

  • Burrito Bowls

  • Enchiladas

  • Quesadillas

  • Salads

  • Wraps

  • Sandwiches

2. Batch Prep Your Grains

Another short-cut I like to use when creating an easy family meal plan is to batch cook some grains and starches. Roast up a tray of sweet potatoes, use a rice cooker to cook a pot of brown rice or quinoa, boil up an entire box of pasta and toss only with olive oil so it’s ready to rock. I also have a pack of corn tortillas in my fridge at all times for easy quesadillas. The best news with grains and starches is that they FREEZE well! So you can batch cook and freeze in labeled containers in your freezer for a grab and go grain.

3. Take Short-Cuts With Your Veggies & Fruits

Now I know Mama always said not to take short-cuts but I promise you will thank me here.