I am a busy person and there are lots of things that I want to accomplish in a day. But in order to have time for the personal pleasures I want to pursue like painting, reading, gardening or exercise, in addition to a full-time job, I have to simplify the many other tasks that take up my time; like meal planning and preparation. How many hours do I spend on grocery lists, shopping, planning, prepping and cooking meals! And how many times do I come home from work to be met at the door with the inevitable, “What’s for dinner?” If I didn’t happen to have a plan or prepared something in advance, we would end up eating less healthy and more expensive takeout meals.
Here are a few ideas that I have incorporated into my life to simplify weekly meal planning and preparation so that I have time to pursue more rewarding activities, while still preparing healthy, wholesome meals for myself and my family.