Well, after picking the brains of some of my married girlfriends, and my dear mother, I found a common thread. Planning. Now, I know it seems like a no-brainer but it had never really occurred to me. Up until this epiphany my motto had always been: When in doubt, boil some pasta. Not only did that eventually get bo-ring, it was also not very waistline-friendly. I attribute my 10 lb weight gain to this motto.
But I digress, so back to planning. The first thing I did was google "weekly meal planning." After rifling through several meal plan templates and getting some ideas, I ended up creating this:
|Weekly Meal Plan Template|
I've been using this meal planning template for the past three weeks and not only have M and I been eating much healthier, we're also saving a lot of money by not eating out as often. Eventually, I'd like to have a stack of weekly menus to choose from to minimize my planning time on Sunday. That is, up until we have kids. After that, I imagine it's whole lot more complicated.
If you'd like a copy of the printable PDF of my template or the actual Excel file send me a message with your email address and I will send it on over.