To start things off, I’ve got meal plans and grocery lists ready for you! Download any or all of Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plan types – Traditional, Slow Cooker and Whole Food – there’s a week of each one
on the download page.
If you’d rather create your own meal plan and grocery list, instead of printing one from Eat at Home, no worries. I’ve got a few tips for you.
Meal planning tips:
1. The goal with this is to do it fast! It’s easy to get sucked into a rabbit hole of searching for recipes on the internet. That can be fun, but so time consuming. Let’s keep this as simple and quick as possible.
2. Very important! Match meals to the busyness of your day. Do you have a couple of minutes to put food in a slow cooker in the morning, but no time to fix anything at night? Plan slow cooker meals for these days. Are you going to have a super busy day? Look for a 15 minute meal that can be on the table in no time.
Whatever you do, don’t overwhelm yourself thinking you’ll make recipes that take more time than you’ve really got. Be realistic when making your plan.
(If you’re using a plan from Eat at Home, we’ve got you covered here. Each week of Traditional and Whole Food have at least one 15 minute meal and one slow cooker meal each week. Just choose which days those quick meals work best for you.)
3. Don’t forget to plan side dishes too. It’s easy to get so focused on the main dish that you forget the sides.
Grocery list making and quick shopping tips:
If you’re using an Eat at Home plan, all you need to do is print the color-coded grocery list. If you’re making your own list, here are some things to keep in mind.
– Grab a piece of paper or print off the meal plan/grocery list printable you’ll find at this link.
– Go through the ingredients in each recipe and side dish you’ve chosen and add them to the grocery list. Organize your list by section of the grocery store (Produce, Canned/Dry, Meat, Dairy, Bread, etc)
– At the store, shop with purpose. That means have your list in your hand, grab your cart and go. Focus on the list and don’t get side tracked by other items and aisles. Move quickly through the store.
Your goal for today is download and print Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plans
Happy planning and shopping!
P.S. Here’s one more quick tip: I like to start at the back of the grocery and work my way to the front. That makes a quick trip to the cash register when I’m finished (and less temptation to pick up one more thing) and it keeps the produce from getting crushed since it’s the last thing I add to the cart..