Friday, February 7, 2014

Confessions of a Meal Planner

I always have mixed feelings about admitting that I am a meal planner to my peers. I'll be honest, I'm not really sure how many other 20-year-olds do this kind of thing. Is it dorky? Do I seem incredibly old and pedantic? But really, what does it matter. I love cooking, and I love meal planning and all the benefits it entails.


Back when I first begun here blog, I shared my weekly meal plans online. While I have currently stopped posting them, I have by no means stopped implementing them at home! Each week, usually on a Friday night - over the occasional bottle of wine - Chris and I sit down with a selection of our cookbooks and plan out meals for the week (I know, could we be any more hardcore young adults?). Chris is the ideas man, pulling recipes from everywhere, while I occasionally mumble something along the lines of "we could just do a stir fry or something…"
From my personal experience, the benefits of making a meal plan are boundless. We only go major food shopping once a week, which saves us money and time by cutting out numerous trips to the supermarket (though I'll be honest here, we always forget or run out of something during the week so we do often go back!). While we don't usually assign meals to specific days, we always decide in the morning what we are going to have, so we can know what we are doing upon returning home from the days adventures. On a sustainable level, we never have to throw out unused food because we only buy what we need. And in the year and a bit we have lived out of home, Chris and I have never bought take out - something I am incredibly happy about.


I bought Chris this blackboard for Christmas, to finally fulfil our dream of displaying our meal plan in a more aesthetically pleasing way. Plus, we are just really into decorating our little apartment.
Are you a meal planner? Do you love it as much as I do, or am I just an overly organised crazy person (some days, I really think I am!).
Reanna.

8 comments:

  1. I love planning meals. Something to look forward too. I do admit though, I mainly just do it when I'm planning on getting rid of something. I would love to be as organised as you!

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    1. It has taken lots of practise to be this organised, but it's fantastic!

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  2. Love your blackboard, what a great idea - it's like seeing the specials board in a restaurant.

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    1. Thanks! If I wasn't in a tiny rental apartment I would love to have a painted blackboard wall.

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  3. I love the idea of meal planning but I don't stick to plans - I often have ideas about what I will make and pretty good at making do with what is in the fridge - I have thought a whiteboard would be useful but never thought of such a stylish blackboard

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    1. I'm not creative enough to think of a meal on the spot, I wish I was though haha!

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  4. oh yes. obsessive meal planner over here! for all the same reasons as you and chris...
    and i always forget something too!

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    1. I love reading your meal plans! It's impossible not to forget something haha.

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