Start by taking a few minutes each week to look through your fridge, freezer and cupboards to see what you have. Then pick some meals that use up your fresh ingredients and fill them in on the weekly meal plan.
I like to sit down with a few cookbooks and pick out favourite meals or new recipes to try, and add them to the plan. Don’t forget to think about lunch boxes, snacks, weekend breakfasts and baking so you don’t have to make a return trip to the supermarket for any forgotten items.
On days when I know we have activities or will be home late, I try to use my slow cooker or plan ahead and have leftovers waiting to be transformed into another tasty meal. It’s days like these that are usually my downfall, and it ends up being a scramble to throw something together.
When budgets are tight, you sometimes need to make meals stretch a bit further. With a bit of careful planning, you can turn one initial meal into three dinners. We’ve put together some suggestions for chicken, beef, pork, ham, lamb and more with this list of delicious triple dinners that will go down well with all ages.