There’s a big misconception around meal planning that it’s about cooking every meal from scratch in huge batches. There’s also a widely held belief that cooking from scratch is the best way to feed your family. Caitríona disagrees with this idea and contends that actually “the best way for you to feed your family is a way that keeps you healthy and happy”.
Meal planning is about building a forward-thinking strategy that saves you time.
“It can feel really boring trying to plan out what you’re going to eat for the week ahead. But when you have got an awful lot of activities going on in the household, that’s when meal planning can really make your life so much easier, particularly if you’re very careful about what you make.”
When sitting down to make a meal plan (you can use our free weekly meal plan download to get started), the first thing you need to do is make an inventory and consider your budget.
“When I am meal planning, I take a look at what I’ve got in my freezer. I take a look at what I’ve got in my cupboards. And then I also take a look at my budget.”
Once you’ve assessed what you’ve got to work with, you have a much better idea of what ingredients you need to buy and how you can stretch those ingredients to work for you.