In the era of ✨girl dinner✨ where not all of us love cooking or even have the aptitude and time for it, planning ahead for your meal is actually a big aspect of saving money, time, and effort. If you’re feeling lazy to cook, tune in as we figure out the reasons for making a meal plan and how to do it in ways that won’t exhaust you and take up more of your time.
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6 benefits of meal planning a week in advance
This article from Health Shots lists 6 helpful reasons to meal plan in advance.
What Jen + Jill have to say:
Meal planning reduces the amount of time, effort, and stress it takes each day to make decisions. Jen loves to plan her meals and do online grocery shopping before she goes to bed, as it replaces her nightly routine of scrolling mindlessly. Try it for a month and see if it saves you money. Focus on eating more at home before thinking about what diet you should stick to. Jill says it could potentially result in greater portion control and drastically lessen our food waste.
How To Meal Plan When You Absolutely Hate Cooking
This article by Wendaful gives out tips on meal planning when feeling lazy, tired, or cooking doesn’t interest you.
What Jen + Jill have to say:
Cooking can become cumbersome, especially when getting caught up in the busier seasons of life. Jen has a self-indulgent book with all her favorite recipes and uses her notes app for grocery lists, which greatly helps in planning for her family’s meals. If you don’t know what simple and quick meals you can make that your family likes, seek out the community. Create backup meals on days you have extra time and capacity to do it.
If you can’t stand meal planning and it badly affects your finances and nutrition, then it might be an alternative to have somebody do it for you. Hire meal planning services, buy meal delivery kits, or have a friend do it for you (do tradesies with them). You can try Cook Smarts, where they have fewer types of plans, but it excels in teaching you how to cook for only $8/month, or you can get it for free in 2 weeks by heading to frugalfriendspodcast.com/cs.
What's your favorite “no-cook” meal?
Jen’s favorite would be a good ‘ol no-cook cold meal, caprese chicken salad with the shredded chicken she prepped, and the chicken apple sausage kale salad. Jill’s favorite may not sound as healthy, but she loves her go-to Kielbasa and Sauerkraut combo (it’s just a fancy name for hotdog), fried rice, charcuterie, and a pasta quinoa salad.
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