If you are like me, the never ending hamster wheel of meal planning is one of the more constant on going challenging tasks that I struggle with. With so many other practical and emotional tasks that come with being in and parenting in an exceptional family - planning what we eat often gets pushed back to the last minute. With so many asynchronous needs, parts, and pieces moving through out our day, meal time can be a mama or daddy's weakest battle front.
But in the spirit of seeking more of a flow in our life, today I took a bit of time to give our family a guided focus meal plan. Our family is at the season, when our daughters can begin to take more responsibility and ownership of meals and my partner and I are in zones when we have more and more responsibilities that don't allow for us to be in 24/7 participation mode with our girls. My intention and hope is that with this template I can give this to them and ask them to make a meal plan and a grocery list for the week or month. Or my husband and I can take turns making the plans - and we have a shared nutrition plan focus. The idea is that the more we can streamline the communication and the options to select - the more successful we will be at making a meal plan for the week or the month.
I am taking a couple of hours out of our Saturday to think and put the guide together - with the hopes that the meal planning, shopping, preparation, and enjoyment can be more of a shared responsibility and process. Constant questions of what's for breakfast or dinner can be extinguished or answered quickly. I wanted to share the template I made for us and share the location of where you can grab the meal plan pdf and make one for your family morewithlessmom.com/2012/10/23/weekly-meal-plan-free-printable-template/
If you are more of a digital kind of planner, be sure to check out Plan To Eat. I've used it in the past and I am thinking that it will be a great complimentary tool to the basic meal template I made to day. Check it out.
vimeo.com/70831771 If you want to know more, go to their website www.plantoeat.com So if the combination of food and details can be devilish for you, like me, - a few simple tools can give us the power we need to be freed. From one mama to another, wishing you a simple, easy meal planning process.
What tools are you using or practices have you nurtured to open your family flow around meal times?
Melinda is a recovering "normal" seeker, who is often distracted by unexpected moments of nature's beauty or questioning children