Menu Planning for the Busy Family

It is easy to get caught up with being too busy and running out of ideas on what to cook! Being on the go does not mean that you have to rely on sandwiches or fast food to feed your family.

I have found in my house that if I dedicate a couple of hours on a Sat or Sun to planning ahead I can get things mapped out for the week. This has become a popular idea over the years and there are many apps out there that will create everything for you based on your families likes and dislikes. I personally have a finicky family so I create my list on my own and base my grocery shopping on this.

Sitting Down:
Map out each dinner for the week. Keeping in mind that those days that you have to eat in the car, you will need to rely on your crock pot or making freeze ahead meals. One you have your list of meals, you can actually plan out your grocery list. Believe me, this cuts down on waste as well as is cost effective! If your family works like a team like mine, dedicate someone as the official shopper and another as the cook. Since my children are young, I get them involved in cooking with me as it is an important life lesson that they will thank me for later.

Hints:
If you cook a roasted chicken on a Sunday night, why not make 2? This way your family can enjoy quesadillas one night and a chicken salad another? Cooking in larger quants allows you to use leftovers for other meals and is a sure way to cut down on prep time the day of.
Links:
http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/8_apps_healthy_meal_planning
www.menu-planner.com
http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/top-100-food-mom-blog-2013/
Happy Planning!

Lisa Bruce is a mother first and foremost to her 2 wonderful kids, wife, Placement Manager and owner of the newest Nannies on Call branch in the Okanagan.