5 Easy Meal Planning Tips to keep you on track during the Holidays

Christmas is right around the corner and that means adding activities to your already busy life. Between christmas parties, christmas shopping and visits to Santa, the one thing that can easily fall off the band wagon is MEAL PLANNING.

At 5 pm when you get home from a long day at work and your kid is chasing the dog who is chasing the cat, your husband, turns around and asks you the dreaded question: What’s for dinner?! Your brain is tired, overwhelmed and does not want to think at this point. As a mom my brain is full and in overdrive all the time. Meal planning sounds like another thing I have to add to my never ending to do list. Today I am going to share a couple of tips that have worked for me to make meal planning simpler.

1. Buy pre cut Veggies: Every time I think of meal planning, I also think of meal prepping. I am a big fan of meal prepping and I know it can make life easier during the week. But, what I am not a fan of is spending two to three hours on a Sunday cooking or cutting veggies. So here is my first tip! Buy pre cut, pre washed veggies. Or frozen veggies. Just do it and you will thank me for the time you save. Yes it is more money but to me that time saving is worth every penny.

2. Slow cooker meals. I do this atleast once a week. I have a 4.5 quart slow cooker so makes a big portion and I can use leftovers for lunches during the week. My go to website for slow cooker recipes is Delish.

3. Theme days: During the week I like to have ‘theme days. Thursday’s in our house are ‘breakfast for dinner night’ and Fridays are ‘Pizza night’. No more brain power used, deciding ‘What to make for dinner’!

4. 2 meals in one: If I am going to do any meal prep cooking I need it to last more than one meal!! So if I am making chicken fajita mix, I am going to make Fajitas on Monday and on Tuesday I am going to add it to pasta with sauce or have it over rice with guacamole and yogurt.

5. Precooked meals– I like to keep these on hand for those days when life hits you like a brick and you just want to put something in the oven. I try to have a couple of frozen lasagnas, meatballs, chicken pot pies on hand. Costco has a great selection at reasonable prices. It will be cheaper than takeout!

Do you meal plan or meal prep? What are your go to tips? I would love to hear how you make meal planning easier. Also if you incorporate any of these tips, please let me know if this worked for you! Happy meal planning mommas!

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