As many of us are getting back into the routine of back to school (and perhaps a more regular return to the office), we are talking about meal planning on today's instalment of Let's Look.
I posted some tips for meal planning a few years ago here. Most of that still holds true today so you can click over there too.
Last year I started planning meals by the month rather than by the week. I found it was just as easy to think ahead for the entire month. I also started keeping each month's plan saved so I have a whole year of meal plans in my Google Doc. I figured, why reinvent the wheel each month particularly when we tend to eat the same types of food by season - cleaner, plant based meals in January, BBQ and fresh vegetables in the summer, squash/pumpkin and hearty meals in the fall, and of course all of the Christmas treats in December.
I will then review my plan on Saturday or Sunday and then put in a grocery order at Loblaws.
September isn't actually a good month to share with you, we are going away for a week so it's only a partial plan. Instead I will share October of 2020 which will be a good basis for next month. We only do pizza every other week now (this is how we do Pizza Night), and we try to do local take out at least once a week too, so that will be one change, but I don't see an issue with much else!
As for breakfasts and lunches, I consider those when I do my grocery order - I like to have eggs and spelt toast, oatmeal, or shakes. For lunches, I typically take leftovers or a salad. I used to take lots of food to work and eat all the time, but since I've been working from home, I realized I wasn't that hungry so I may bring a piece of fruit or have a small square of dark chocolate, but mostly I don't bring many snacks.