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The Secret to Meal Planning

One of the “weekly chores” that I have come to enjoy over the last few years is cooking the meals. My spouse and I divided the household chores and I had no problem with grocery shopping and cooking if it meant I didn’t have to clean the bathroom or do the dishes!

It may have only been a few years of doing this, but it’s easy to get into a rut. Trying to plan ahead and be creative and get all the ingredients needed, while working a full-time job and having a life, is challenging: one of the “joys” of being an adult!

And this year, I do the majority of meal prep on the weekends because I am preparing lunch and dinner for a partner who is in class during the day and in the evening. It’s overwhelming if I think about it too much.

But, just in this last month or so, I figured out a way to stay inspired and motivated. I peruse Pinterest and Facebook, save new recipes each week and then….actually use them (Gasp! What?)! Each week the goal is to try at least one new take (whether a new recipe or variation on an existing one).  It doesn’t happen every week, and that’s OK, but it keeps me encouraged and excited to cook! For that very reason, I also have the favorite go-to recipes, which are easy and don’t require much thought!

By picking up various proteins (chicken, fish, turkey, beef, etc…) and veggies, I can try a new seasoning or way to cook it, which I have never done before. New recipes teach me about ingredients and types of cooking which I have never tried before! Let’s just say, “It spices things up!” (pun intended) 

The outcome each week is delicious, healthy meals that are made ahead of time so that I don’t have to spend precious time planning meals in my head while I am driving or at work, or on my Sabbath. It takes a little bit of planning and prep, but it makes for smoother, less chaotic, more enjoyable evenings!

If you are the one that cooks, what do you enjoy most about meal prep? Or what do you appreciate about how others in your home meal plan?

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