You all know that I don’t cook. I am actually working to change that this summer! I wanted you all to know about the Meal Planning Made Simple book in the bundle this week, so I had Kendra Stamy from A Proverbs 31 Wife write this guest post. Thanks, Kendra!
Meal planning made simple, is that really possible? I’m a skeptic when it comes to meal planning. Honestly, I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to any type of planning.
Since it was part of the bundle sale that’s being offered right now, I thought I should at least read through the book, even though I was convinced that Meal Planning just wasn’t for me.
Turns out that Author Melissa Alink thought so, too. Below is an excerpt from her book.
And then, I thought, planning meals is going to be hard and take up too much time. How would I be able to justify the time I’d be “saving” by planning my meals ahead of time when planning took forever? I even tried meal planning for a few weeks and gave up because I thought it was so difficult. I could never figure out how to come up with an entire week of meals at one time.
I don’t know about you, but I totally know where she was coming from. Now intrigued, I eagerly read through the rest of her book.
First, I learned there were 3 basic meal planning ideas. And those basic ideas didn’t even have to be set in stone! You could adjust to what suits you and your family’s lifestyle. I liked that immensely because I need a bit of flexibility at times.
I also learned I already do a bit of meal planning. I try to always do my baking on one day; that way, I can get it all done and out of the way for the week. Other suggestions include sticking to tried and true meals, limiting yourself to 1 or 2 new dishes a week. This keeps things simple for you and doesn’t stress the family by having to be guinea pigs all the time with new recipes.
A section on making your meal planning work out financially and planning your meals by the season is included, along with a chart that shows you what months are the best for buying different fruits and veggies. This was very helpful to me. I like to include fresh produce in our meals, but often find myself limited in the winter. Turns out there are still lots of things that are good in the winter months!
There is an entire section on common challenges and how to overcome them.
Meal Planning Made Simple and Overcoming Challenges:
- Meal planning seems to require processed goods and my family doesn’t eat those.
- No matter how hard I try, I just don’t have the time to make a meal plan.
- Meal planning is boring. It’s just the same meal over and over.
- My week is too hectic to plan out and make meals. I need it simple.
- I love to cook for company, but when it’s just me or just me and my husband, I’m uninspired.
- My meal plans always get thrown off by forgetting to thaw or create something ahead of time!
- I never know what to plan for lunch.
- I need side dishes, and I can never think of anything.
- I have allergies, so meal planning is harder.
Every single one of those challenges are met with a simple straight forward answer. Unless you flat out Do Not Want to meal plan, there is really no excuse!
Resources included are starter menus and recipes, many different printables that focus on recipes, meal planning, pantry inventory and more.
Who is this book for? Well, apparently everyone!!!
The books is available for sale as a digital download for $4.99. But, I can offer you one even better! Meal Planning Made Simple is a part of the amazing bundle sale going on! Check out this post to see how you can actually get this book for less than a dollar!
Kendra is the writer behind A Proverbs 31 Wife. Even though perfection is unobtainable, she draws inspiration and encouragement from the Proverbs 31 Woman. With an overall focus on Christ, posts include housekeeping, cooking, natural living, frugal living and much more.