I definitely find that meal planning helps our family. With planning, I save money by shopping for specific meals versus random products that sound good on a whim. I save time both in shopping and in cooking, since I have a plan. I don’t have to forage through my fridge to try to come up with plan for dinner when I already have the menu laid out. Since my work schedule is mostly afternoons/early evenings, it is important that I have dinner put together before I leave. On days when I work, I try to have something that is easy to reheat or easy to put together when I get home. Soups, crockpot meals, and one dish casseroles are my go-to choices. Since we are a family of two, I can stretch most meals into at least two days. My husband is a fan of leftovers, so it makes my job much easier. 🙂
Also- I tend to have my greens for lunch (big salads with fresh veggies, hard boiled egg, etc.) so dinners don’t always include a green.
Monday- Chili & Cornbread
Wednesday- Crockpot Barbecue Chicken (shredded for sandwiches) & Mexicali Corn
Friday- pizza night!