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I’ve Changed…I’ve Created a Meal Planner


I’d never thought about creating a meal planner before. However, during the summer holidays I’ve really been feeling the pressure of entertaining a four-year-old and twin toddlers five days a week. Along with work and the usual washing, cleaning, tidying etc, it’s been a busy time and my head has been spinning somewhat.

Dining al fresco with spinach risotto - a favourite.

Dining al fresco with spinach risotto – a favourite.

I’d been waking up in the middle of the night and trying to think what meals I was going to make that day. This was probably because it was the only time I could devote any real thought to it. Having decided in the early hours I then had to go and shop for all the ingredients the next day. I was actually doing about four sizeable shops a week. I needed to work smarter…

Enter the Meal Planner!

So I devised a meal planner, it sounds a bit sad and rather regimented, but I was getting totally fed up with being poorly prepared and spending way too much time at the supermarket checkout.

I took an hour out and devised a planner for August. I tried to keep it fairly healthy and varied, but some ‘treat’ meals were included. Also some favourites cropped up a couple of times within the month; leftovers also featured. I kept the weekends free in the name of spontaneity! It worked really well so I created one for this month.

September’s meal planner:

Meal planner

It might be overstating it slightly to say it’s revolutionised my life, but it has made a massive difference. Of course there’s the odd tweak now and then to fit in with last minute plans, but the main thing is I’m not waking at obscure hours thinking about the day’s food and I’m not fussing about trying to cobble something together out of the ingredients I do have, and most importantly I have drastically reduced my supermarket visits. I have also cut down a lot on waste as I go to the shops and buy what I actually need.

I have changed, but being organised has actually made me chill out more. I’d highly recommend it! There are also some great meal planning apps out there.

* By the way, please feel free to share any family meal favourites as I’m always looking for inspiration…


About Author

I’m Fran: wife, mother-of-three and freelance publicist. My love for communicating and writing mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. I love good food & wine, Italian culture and football and have a keen interest in personal finance. I also blog over on Epsom & Ewell Families and Habyts, and write sporadically for a number of other sites.


    • Love Evernote. Just my sort of thing – thanks for the link. The weekend restock sounds brilliant, but might be a bit much for me. I’ve just come to terms with the fact that I created a meal planner.

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  2. Raki (Outside the Box Mom) on

    So smart to do your meal planning for the whole month at once. One less thing to worry about.

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