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Meal planning really is a great idea. You can save time and money by meal planning. But it can also be time-consuming to do.
Sitting down every week and figuring out what your family will eat for the next week. Knowing you will probably cook most of the same things but your mind goes blank as soon as you go to write. Or even being burnt out on meal planning.
I get it. Meal planning makes my life so much easier but it is also overwhelming. Which is why rotating a six-week meal plan is a great way to simplify mom life.
Whatever simplifies motherhood wins in my book.
So how do we go about rotating a six-week meal plan?
First, you have six weeks of meals planned out. Once you have your six weeks of meals planned out you rotate them weekly.
You could do any amount of weeks that you would like. I say six because it’s a good variety. Three, four or even ten weeks would work as well. Whatever works for you.
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How I set a six-week rotating meal plan up
First Meal Dump
Get a notebook and write all the meals you already make down. Think of your family favorites. Write it all down. To help with this you can make themed nights, make meal categories or even write out the number of meats/proteins you use a week. Pull out your favorite cookbook for inspiration. I would hold on to this paper for future meal planning.
Categorize your meals
30 Minutes or less
Write out the proteins you normally cook
Second, write your list of meals
Take out another piece of notebook paper. Write out six different weeks and number underneath for how many days of the week you usually plan to cook. I try to do two days of leftovers a week so my number would be five for planned meals.
Make sure to make the week a good variety of different options. If your family likes to eat a certain meal once a week then put it down for every week. This meal plan is meant to work for you and what your family likes.
If you like to try new recipes or go out to eat on certain nights then leave a space for that.
Start filling in your weeks with the meals from your ‘meal dump’.
1. Meal one
2. Meal two
3. Meal three
4. Meal four
5. Meal five
Now You Have 6 Weeks Of Meals Planned
1. Chicken noodle soup and fresh bread
2. Red beans and rice
3. Pork chops, sweet potatoes, and squash
4. Spaghetti and green beans
1. Chicken taco soup
2. Goulash and green beans
3. Pulled pork
4. Beef tips and gravy, mashed potatoes and carrots
5. Chicken fried rice with vegetables
1. Roast with red potatoes and carrots
2. Sloppy Joes
3. Taco bowls
4. Chicken noodle potpie soup
5. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and corn
2. Hamburgers and fries
3. ‘New recipe’
4. Creamy mushroom chicken, rice, and peas
5. White bean chicken chili
1. Lentil soup and cornbread
2. Pork loin, zucchini and
3. Sriracha chicken tacos
4. Homemade hamburger helper
5. Pasta salad
1. Baked chicken and vegetables
2. Pork Carnitas
4. Homemade pizza
5. Gumbo and potato salad
Lastly, You Will Rotate Your Meal Plan
Each week you can go in order or you can skip around but you already have your meals picked out for the week. Just rotate your six meal plans however you would like.
This way you will have meals already picked out and you will just need to choose which week you want to use.
Of course, there will be times that you want to change it up but this helps save you time by having meals picked out. This rotating meal plan takes the guesswork out.
Check this post out on Burnt Out On Meal Planning: What To Do When This Happens.
Doing a ‘meal dump’, writing out your weekly meals and rotating your six-week meal plan will save you time and simplify your life!
This is great for you during the busy season of motherhood.
You may have weeks where you decide not to use your rotating meal plan but in your busier seasons of life, you can pull it right out and not have to worry about figuring out what your family will eat. You will already have six weeks of meals planned out. And ready to rotate.
What ways do you simplify meal planning? I am always looking for new ways to simplify mom life.