This post is part of my Types of Meal Planning series. There are four main approaches you can take to meal planning, and each is designed to suit households with different time constraints and requirements.
Taco Tuesday! Everyone’s heard of that. It’s a cute name used by people who can’t come up with anything else to eat on a Tuesday night, right? WRONG! What if I told you that it’s actually part of a very clever way to get on top of meal planning for your household?
More and more families are turning to meal planning to help them get organised with their food for the entire week. By meal planning in advance, you guarantee to have the right ingredients in, ahead of time, and to never have to stare into the fridge wondering ‘what shall we have for dinner tonight?’ Introducing…Theme Nights!
The Simplest Way to Get Started
One of the easiest and most popular ways to meal plan is by Theme Nights. Here’s how:
- Write down a list of all the types/cuisines of food that your family enjoys. For example: pasta, casseroles, fish, barbeque. These are your themes.
- Assign one theme to each night of the week (hence, ‘Theme Nights’!).
- When you plan your meals for the week, look at your themes and pick something that fits it for each night. When next week comes around, stick with the themes but change the meals you picked to fit them.
Wow! It’s that easy?!
Yep, that’s it! The great thing about meal planning by Theme Nights is that you know your family is going to love whatever you cook each night because you only chose themes you know they love, AND you can go out in advance and buy all the right things to make it – so it makes your job easier, too.
Serious chef points.
Want to learn some other great ways to meal plan?
THEME NIGHTS is only one of the angles you can use to get ahead. Here are some other suggestions:
Rotational Menu – rotating meals based on how much time you have to cook and prepare. For example, quick and easy, low and slow, freezer meals.
Capsule Pantry – kind of like a capsule wardrobe, you pick a small number of ingredients and have a selection of different meal combinations that you can make from them.
Seasonal Menus – eating the very best of what nature has to offer by only buying what’s in season.
What’s your favourite theme night?