I spend way too much time planning my weekly meals. It currently takes me two days to plan and buy groceries.
This is before adding the time it takes to cook meals. As I cook from recipes, I often find that a recipe I’ve chosen takes longer to cook than planned, and has way too many ingredients.
I need to become more time efficient with this task. I love cooking, but the time it takes to plan meals, and then cook them is taking way too long, and turning my love into a dreaded chore.
So in order to streamline this entire process, this is how I will be making my weekly meal planning and cooking less time consuming.
To make my recipe search quicker, each day of the week will be dedicated to the following meal types:
Monday – Leftovers
Tuesday – Meat
Wednesday – Fish
Thursday – Chicken
Friday – Takeaway
Saturday – Pasta
Sunday – Stir fry
Planning will take place on a Tuesday night, and will consist of finding a recipe on my dinner Pinterest board and adding its link to a Google Sheet. This sheet lists every day of the week, and the food type that needs to be cooked that night.
So for example, on a Sunday I will add a link to a beef, mushroom, and greens stir fry as it’s a stir fry recipe, and only stirfries will be cooked on a Sunday.
I’m also going to make sure that the majority of recipes I add to Pinterest take less than 30 minutes to cook, and don’t have many ingredients so I’m not spending forever cooking.
Immediately after I finish planning I will order the ingredients for each meal online. All I’ll have to do is click on the link in my Google Sheet and I’ll be taken straight to the recipe.
To carry on with my effort to become more time efficient, I’m going to start batch cooking!
On Tuesdays I will cook Tuesday night’s meal as well as chop and pre cook what I can for Wednesday’s meal.
On Thursdays I will cook Thursday night’s meal and also chop and pre cook what I can for the weekend’s meals.
Each Sunday night I will stocktake all the ingredients I have in my freezer, fridge, and cupboard, and will ensure the recipes I choose for the next week use as many of these ingredients as possible.
Here’s what my meal planning week will now look like:
Cook night’s meal
Prep Wednesday night’s meal
Plan and order groceries for next week
Cook night’s meal
Prep weekends meals
I really hope that these activities make my weekly meal planning tasks easier and more time efficient.