I am strong believer in meal planning and organising as many things in day to day life as possible. My schedule is busy. Most days I have max of 20 min to put dinner on a table for my 5 year old. She loves things that require time to prepare. She is challenging me often with her picking. I was same when I was her age so I just try to cook something she will like.
She is quite good at trying new things, although very often she do not like them. So for me knowing what I am serving for a dinner on any given day is huge help. Very often we talk about what we will have for dinner on the way home. I usually cook day before and just reheat food. It is also helping me to stay on plan with my food. I follow (in moderation) slimming world plan.
I started meal planning many years ago. One afternoon I have asked everyone in our household what they want for dinner. That was before we had Alice and when we were living with friends. I was cooking dinners for everyone back then. I received then response “ I don’t know what I want you think of something”. I got so annoyed as I did it every day for over 2 years. That day I have decided I am done with thinking last minute what we will eat. So I started meal planning. First for next 2-3days, then for a week,. They where times when I had 3 months with meals planned. Not only we have limited our food waste, saved money, but also my time.
So now meal planning is a habit for me and I feel lost without it. My daughter very often is doing meal plan with me a she has brilliant ideas sometimes.
If you are busy and never tried meal planning dedicate 15 min once a week and be sorted. If you tried before and stopped maybe it is time to go back?