Confessions of an Aspiring Meal Planner

Let’s talk meal planning shall we? Meal planning is not my thing. Oh….I’ve meal planned. But I’ve never been consistent about it. I don’t know why. I even rather enjoy meal planning once I actually sit down to do it. But that requires time and discipline? Or maybe it’s just that meal planning goes against my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants personality. Whatever it is, it’s not working for me, and it’s a problem. Let me see if I can sum up the “issues” that, for me, come with my lack of organization in this area.

Why I NEED a plan.

1) It is taking way too much mental energy to not have a meal plan. It’s a bad feeling to start wondering what’s for dinner at 4:00 pm. Very bad.

2) It is hard on the budget. Even though we don’t eat out a lot because of allergies, not having a plan still results in more trips to the store.

3) It is time consuming. Yes, not taking the time to sit down and make a plan ends up taking way more time in the long run. Go figure. Planning means I can be more efficient with my time in the kitchen.

So, I’m setting the goal of being a more regular meal planner! And I’m telling all of you about it. Nothing like a public proclamation to light a fire under me. Hmmm, I may not post this. Have I ever mentioned that I’m commitment phobic? Well, except when it comes to my husband. He’s here to stay. And my kids, of course. But except for them….

But wait, because this deal is about to get even sweeter. I am going to tell all of you about my meal plan each week! I know, I know. This is so exciting. Try to contain yourself please.

So, in order to organize my thoughts and make sure that all of us are on the same page, here are my meal plan guidelines (subject to change as I fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants).

Real Food Allergy Free Meal Plans

Meal Plan Guidelines

  • Meals will be allergy-friendly. No peanuts, no tree nuts (with the exception of almond), no eggs, no wheat (therefore gluten-free!) and limited dairy.
  • Meals will be real food (ish). Lots of fruits, veggies and meats. We don’t eat a ton of processed food anyway, but I’m not opposed to buying tortilla chips or a jar of spaghetti sauce if it makes life a little easier. It just means you won’t find any canned cream-of-anything around here.
  • Limited sugar. I did not say no sugar because we are just not there. But we try to put healthier foods first.
  • I’m hoping to include plenty of freezer meals (that I can double!) so that meal planning in upcoming weeks will be that much easier.
  • Lastly, I’m going to put an emphasis on meals that can be partially prepped before the week begins.

That list is a little intimidating, it’s no wonder I love meal planning so much. Ha! It is my hope that by posting a meal plan I can help some of you get some ideas as well! I will be publishing my weekly meal plan on Saturdays so that we both have time to get prepped for the week!

{Disclaimer – it’s possible that I won’t publish a meal plan every single week. Sometimes life in a large family just, well, happens. But I’m going to do my best!}

See you on Saturday!!

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