When we were students we barely ate out – mostly because we couldn’t really afford it but also because one of us was always home by early afternoon so it was just easier. Now we’re both working full-time it’s a lot harder to always cook dinner as we’re home so late. We also have more of a disposable income now so dining out or ordering takeaways is much easier to justify than it used to be.
We’ve been going through a really busy period at the moment and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon so we’re really trying to get organised. One of the first areas we’re tackling is meal planning.
We’re not going to say goodbye to takeaways and dining out altogether – that’s just not sustainable for us nor is it something we want to do – but we’re going to cook at home every night unless it’s date night or we’ve got plans with friends/family. For example if we’re going to the movies we might also grab sushi or if we’re at a friend’s then we might order pizza. However if we’re sitting on the couch on a Wednesday night and don’t feel like cooking then we’re not ordering takeaways – we have to cook! We don’t plan on sticking to this rule forever but it’ll help us get back into the habit of cooking dinner at home.
I find the best way to get into a new habit or routine is to plan plan plan so I knew I had to start planning our dinners in order to make this whole cooking at home thing stick. In a bid to make this planning a little easier (and prettier) I created this printable meal plan.
Then print it out, cut in half and get planning.
How do you make meal planning easier and stay motivated to cook at home? I’d love some tips. What are your go-to recipes that you turn to at the end of a long day?