Easy Meal Plans for Stress Free Life

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You already face enough stress throughout the day and the last thing you want is to have a good meal before hitting the sack. Often that just stays a dream since no one has the time and patience to cook. Even if you collect all the left over enthusiasm start preparing dinner, half way through you realize that you don’t have an ingredient that is very important for the dish. And that is when you lose the interest to cook and you end up ordering a pizza or nuke a ready-to-eat meal in the microwave. The culprit responsible for your craziness is none other than ‘Mr.Lack-of-Planning’.
Menu planning has got a lot of benefits to offer. When you plan ahead of time for making a meal, you know exactly what to buy and you can also do a small research on where to buy the ingredients for a cheaper rate. This way you will be able to save a few bucks. It is not rocket science. Menu planners are available online. You can register for free and start creating your meal schedule and you could get tips from other members on the site or you could also go back to the traditional way by sitting down with a sheet of paper and pencil and write down your plan.
You do not need to spend more time planning. You already know what you and your family like. Start with that first. Looking at your refrigerator on what is available will also give you an idea of what to cook. Try to use the edible left over. If it looks like nothing in your freezer is fit for human consumption, clean it out, discard what is bad, then go on with your innovative menu planning process. Start planning for a day and gradually increase it to a week if you find it difficult to stay with your plan.
Once you are done, make sure you note down the list of ingredients needed to cook for that particular day or a week. List down the necessary ingredients and buy only what is needed. This way you won?t end up finding a non-edible pasta sauce in your pantry, months later. Actually, this is the huge advantage of an online menu planner. The items you need for the recipes you have planned are automatically added to your shopping list for you.
Try to plan a nutritious meal. Kids and veggies are not good friends. Find a fun, delicious way to incorporate those in your meal. If you have enough time during weekends, challenge the culinary queen/king in you and throw in a three course meal and surprise your family. Come up with a new dessert that your kids will enjoy. When you plan a menu for a week or a month, just use it in rotation so that you do not get bored.

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