Meal Planning for Family of 5

One Mom's Attempt at Meal Planning for a Family of 5

I signed up for my first Body Well session (back then it was Body Back) when my oldest was a year old. Hands down the best habit I got from it, aside from a new-found love for exercise, is meal planning. Last week my plans changed suddenly and I found myself without a plan for dinner one day. My stress levels were infinitely higher than normal that day and I wish that were an exaggeration.

Every family meal plans differently and what matters most is finding a routine that works for you. Every Sunday morning, I sit down with my coffee and a whiteboard that lives on my fridge. I scroll through Pinterest (I’m a little crazy when it comes to organizing my boards) or favorite cookbooks (loving SkinnyTaste right now) and decide what to serve each day. Only on weekdays because heck, someone else can worry about dinner on the weekend. I personally aim for one or two days with chicken, one with beef, and 2 vegetarian days. Taco Tuesdays (Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas) are a big hit as is build your own flatbread pizza night. With a menu set, I can create my shopping list and then use the online shopping services provided by Sam’s Club and Harris Teeter. I schedule pickups for Monday and we’re set for the week.

This routine works for my family and it’s so beneficial to find something that works for you. My method is admittedly low-tech. It’s a white board menu and then paper and pen to write out my shopping list. Without fail, I will forget necessary items without the list. It also prevents me from impulse purchases which the bank account likes.

What does your meal planning routine look like? Stay tuned for the next post in which I share some of my favorite meal planning apps and tools!