How to plan meals for three months in just 15 minutes – .

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How to plan meals for three months in just 15 minutes – .


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Speaking to FEMAIL, Amy revealed, “First you need to list 20-25 dinners for your two-month ‘main meal plan’ (template below).

“It should only take you 15 minutes every 2-3 months.

“Sounds like a lot of dinners to think about, but you’ll be surprised when you start.

“Don’t forget the simple dinners like soup and jacket potatoes.

“Think about dinners you’ve enjoyed in the past that aren’t on the regular rotation – get ideas from the rest of the family and add a few recipes you were planning on trying.

‘Once you have your list, divide the meals into these five categories –

  • Quick dinners (ready in 20-30 minutes)
  • Budget (uses leftovers, canned or minimal / inexpensive ingredients)
  • Weekend food (fakeaways, treats – dinners that will take you away from take out!)
  • Family favorites (Lasagna, jacket potato, fish pie, etc.)
  • Something new (recipes you found online, in cookbooks, or magazines that you intended to try.)

“Once you have your main meal plan, you can easily develop varied and flexible ‘weekly meal plans’ (template below) to suit your family.

“It will only take you five minutes. Working late or the children swimming? Use a quick dinner recipe.

“The week before payday?” Pop in some budget meals.

“Do you have a little time and are you feeling adventurous?” Cook something new. It is very easy to plan the dinner flexibly in case of busy life.

“Once you have your meal plan, you can easily build your shopping list.

“Start by adding all the ingredients for the dinner meal.

“Then add the lunches, breakfast, snacks.

“Consider using recipes that share ingredients to reduce waste.

“Consider one or two vegetarian recipes each week.

“It will drastically reduce the cost of your store.

Amy reveals the best way to plan months in advance is to list 25 meals and divide them into five categories

Amy reveals the best way to plan months in advance is to list 25 meals and divide them into five categories

Once your plan is sorted, each week you can make do according to your mood for the day

Once your plan is sorted, each week you can make do according to your mood for the day

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