Easy Meal Planning and Prep Ideas

Since the beginning of the New Year, I've heard many people that have decided to try out meal planning or to incorporate it more into their routine. You'll likely find that it can be an effective method for ensuring that everyone in your home receives a healthy meal with little effort. Sometimes that can be difficult with so many different eating habits in your home. but it's doable. For those who are busy or just plain exhausted after a day's worth of work, then meal planning can completely change your life. Before you can start planning your meals, however, you need to have a few recipe ideas. To help ensure you get started the right way, here a few general recipe tips to keep in mind.

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Store Recipes Somewhere Easily Accessible

Let's be honest, we're all lazy people. Some of us can become burned out on an idea at even the smallest hint of extra effort. That isn't necessarily a bad thing either. Work is difficult and exhausting. Add adult responsibilities on top of that and it's no wonder you're looking for minimal work once you get home. To ensure that your meal planning is successful, you need to store your recipes in an easily accessible place. More than that, they need to stay organized. I have a cook book that my mom made me one year for Christmas that have all of her recipes in a binder. I also have this in an electronic format which is very helpful.

No one wants to spend a few minutes flipping through a book trying to find the right recipe. Organization is going to be your best friend in this regard. You may want to consider storing your recipes on a handle of one of your cupboards. Or just have it in the top drawer next to your cooking instruments.

Have a General Idea of Everyone's Tastes

One of the worst things that you can do is cook a meal large enough to have leftovers that carry you through the week only to find that no one likes it. That's time, money, and effort wasted. Before you start looking or creating a recipe, you should speak to your family about what they like to eat and what they don't like to eat. Be sure to include yourself in this interview, too. Once you have a taste collection, you can then start to look for and create recipes according to those tastes.

Stick with Themes

Another recipe idea is to stick with a theme for certain days. For example, Tuesdays can be taco night or soup night. This can make creating recipes easy. It also allows your week to be broken up just enough to ensure that you don't get bored with the same meal. These are just a few tips to help you get started on your meal prep journey. I will provide more details, and recipes in the future.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas


Basil Avocado Shrimp Salad Wraps & Sweet Potato Chips


Cilantro-Lime Salmon Foil Packs


Crock-Pot Chicken & Broccoli


Best-Ever Egg Muffins