Off late a lot of folks have been reaching out to us looking for suggestions and ideas for their meals. Thus today’s post isn’t about a recipe or a tip or trick, it’s about meal plans. I will be sharing my personal experience with how and why did I start meal planning and at the end of the post, I will leave you with my meal plan (vegeterian) for the week which is available for a free download along with a bonus template for you to make your own meal plan.
I had never paid heed to it until I started working in USA. I was living in Maryland and commuting to Northern Virginia for work. An inevitable 1.5 – 2 hour (one way) bumper to bumper interstate drive. As a matter of fact, no matter what mode of transport one chose, the Metro or road the time wouldn’t change. I was barely getting any time to cook in the morning and by the time I came back home I would be starving and barely had any energy to cook, so my husband and I started cooking on the weekends for the whole week. Yes you read it right, out here in the US, it is a very common practice among working couples to batch cook for the week or atleast.
So long story short, thanks to my long commutes that I started cooking for the week and thus arose the need to organize myself and make a list of dishes I want to cook. So the pre-requisites were making a list of groceries to buy and do-aheads. I looked up several templates that are available online, sampled one after the other but I always felt something was missing. So I decided to combine a couple of my favorite templates into one and make it my own.
For those of you who have never tried meal planning here are some benefits.