What should we eat tonight?
Does it sound too familiar for you? In fact, this is the most common question when it comes to deciding what to eat.
Believe it or not?
Meal planning has a love-hate relationship with most of us, especially when you are the only person who cooks in a big family.
So, what I am supposed to do?
I am so glad that you ask because, in this article, I will throw you some helpful tips that will probably save and make your life easier.
Now let’s started.
#1 Check your resources
The first and foremost thing is to check what you have in your cupboard or freezer.
I always found something that is already made or at least some useful canned food that can turn to a quick-fix solution.
An opened pack of bacon leftovers in the freezer from a few days ago?
Congrats! You are one step closer to your success.
How about a few cans of baked beans or tomato sauce in the cupboard? Even better.
The step of gathering all your sources can play an essential part in determining your meal plan, and more importantly, it will save you some bucks too.
Read more: How to Save Money by Keeping a Well-Stocked Pantry
#2 Choose frozen or canned food
There is a premise that tinned food is not nutritional as much as frozen or fresh food, but this is proven to be wrong sometimes.
Do you know that tomato and corn can release antioxidant under high temperatures, which makes them in cans a perfect source of nutrition?
On the other hand, frozen or canned food is suitable for a low budget, and you also don’t have to worry about them turning bad after a few days.
But the most benefit you can get from canned food is their specific food portion in every package.
Don’t you think this will make your life so much easier while planning a meal size for the family members?
#3 Get them in bulk
The great thing when you cook a meal in bulk is that you can benefit from whatever leftover from that meal, especially when you need meal plans for a large family.
This saves me a couple of times when I totally run out of dinner ideas.
Still don’t get how we do it?
Imagine you make a whole chicken for dinner, and that chicken is big enough to fill everyone’s stomach on that day.
But still, there are a lot more of it. What should I do?
This is when you use that leftover chicken and come up with another meal the next day.
If you buy only a chicken breast or drum, can you do that?
#4 Go green once in a while
Meat can get quite expensive sometimes, especially when your big family’s favorite meal is beef or tuna.
Here is my advice.
You should try to go veggie once in a while. This kind of meal is not only very economical but also very healthy.
And I am sure they won’t complain over a large delicious pot of pumpkin or potato.
If you like a healthy lifestyle, I have a guide for juicing called Juicing 101.
#5 Take advantage of a slow cooker
A slow cooker can is a great way to cater to every member of the family at any time they want.
Believe me; there is so much you can do with a slow cooker.
But first, you need to think of a meal that can go with this cooker for several days, then figure out an average portion for everyone.
If you can do that, you are all set!
Plus, don’t you think that you can really save quite a lot of money instead of cooking 2 or 3 meals a day using different ingredients?
I know that being a person who feeds the family never be an easy job. But if that’s what makes you happy and cheerful, don’t let anything stop you from doing that.
I hope these tips are useful and inspire you to keep doing an awesome job. Please feel free to share the article around to your friends.