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Biblical Homemaking: Learn How to Meal Plan Like a Pro


How to Meal Plan Like a Pro

by Hannah Christenson

2017 was the year I started something new in my home. I started meal planning. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t really like to cook or bake. I would much rather do laundry or organize. Funny, I know.

So when it comes to cooking, I’ve always dreaded that time of day when I have to figure out what to make for dinner. Making meals was what I was most worried about when I got married because I just wasn’t very good at cooking and I struggled to decide what to cook each day.

After years of feeling inadequate and stressed in the kitchen, I finally scrounged up the motivation to meal plan as one of my 2017 goals. By the end of the first week, I loved it. There was something so freeing about having a plan for dinner and it immediately increased my confidence in the kitchen. Once I had a routine in place, meal planning became a habit and now as I start 2018, it’s a no-brainer. Meal planning is a must!

I’ve created a new set of free meal planning printables for 2018 which I use in my home daily.

The process I follow is fairly simple. I have a rotation of recipes that I make regularly so I created a handy reference to look at and plug into the meal plan. Once a week, I look at our calendar to see what we have going on in the evenings and I glance through the fridge and pantry to see what groceries we have on hand.

I take all of that into consideration when I jot down the meals for the week.  So for instance, if I know my husband won’t be home until late one night, I make that leftover night so I don’t have to cook for just me and the kids. I like to use up the groceries we have before going to the store again, if at all possible, so I first plug in the recipes that can be made with what we have at home.

When it’s time to make a grocery run, I make a thorough list of everything I need for the next week of recipes so I don’t have to go to the store too many times.


This year, I’m also trying to create a system of themed dinners so that it’s even easier to decide the meals for the week. For example, Mondays are pasta, Tuesdays are Mexican, Wednesdays are crock pot, ect. Then I just can pick from those types of recipes for each day of the week. I’m doing whatever I can to make the meal picking process faster and more efficient so that cooking is as stress-free and painless as possible.

I’ve also developed a goal of trying at least one new recipe a month so that I’m continually widening our selection of recipes to choose from and improving my cooking abilities at the same time. Meal planning has been a rewarding experience and I’m so thankful that I finally took the plunge to start the habit.

If you want to give my system a try, you can grab my free meal planning printables and check out the round-up of awesome recipes that I put together from many different bloggers. I hope once you start meal planning, you will love it as much as I do. It’s a system worth trying!


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Hannah Christensen is a wife and mom, sipping cups of coffee between loads of laundry and organizational projects. Most days you can find her working from a home office with curly-haired children serenading her with Disney Princess songs. Her favorite days are ones where she is relaxing with her best friend and husband. She blogs about faith, marriage, homemaking, and motherhood at lovelylittlelives.com.

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