Save More, Eat Better, Waste Less – Download Your Free Weekly Meal Plan

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

November 14, 2021

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If you are looking to cut down on your food spending and take some of the stress out of the eternal “what’s for dinner” question, download our FREE weekly meal plan. A few minutes of planning can save you a ton of time during the week!

When I started meal planning, I couldn’t believe the difference to our weekly food budget. We noticeably spent less, and we were eating much better. Taking a few minutes to plan also encouraged me to try new meals and stop relying on convenient choices and quick fixes.

If you have never tried meal planning, it really is worth a go – you will love the feeling of satisfaction when you know that exactly what you need is in the fridge and ready to go!

How to Create a Weekly Meal Plan

making a weekly meal plan

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.

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Download Your Weekly Meal Plan

The other interesting thing I discovered when I started using a weekly meal plan was that I could see at a glance whether we were eating too much or too little of something – not enough vegetables, too much meat or pasta, very little fish, and so on.

I started aiming for at least a few meatless meals throughout the week. I also make bigger batches of some dinners so that there are planned leftover nights. With a new slant, the same dinner can be transformed into something else – leftover chilli can become a topping for baked potatoes, leftover chicken casserole can become a chicken pie, extra veggies can be made into soup, etc.

You can download your free weekly meal plan here, ready to go for you to fill in your family’s meals.

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Published On: November 14th, 2021 / Categories: Food and Recipes, Lifestyle / Last Updated: November 3rd, 2022 / Tags: , , , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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