JULES CLANCY loves keeping things simple, especially in the kitchen. She has a degree in food science and blogs about healthy meals made easy at www.thestonesoup.com.
3 Reasons to Meal Plan + a Quick Guide to Getting Started
by Jules Clancy
When I was first getting into cooking in my early 20s, I spent loads of time planning my meals each week. I’d pour over cookbooks and magazines, and write lengthy shopping lists. I actually enjoyed it in a funny way, but as life got busier my meal planning habit was one of the casualties.
I found myself falling into the trap of either picking something up on the way home from work or, more often than I’d like to admit, getting takeout or going to a restaurant.
Over time, I realized that having some sort of plan and shopping on a weekly basis was not only better for my waistline, it was also easier on my wallet. But the best discovery was that meal planning didn’t have to be as time consuming as I’d originally thought.
These days I only spend a few minutes a week on meal planning. I’m not kidding.