Ah, what’s for dinner. This relentless daily question is made more stressful with the responsibility to please picky eaters, eat well and not let veggies go limp in the crisper. But plates need filling, so why not look at it as an opportunity?
Planning meals ahead means you control a lot of things. The mix of flavours for the week. Eating seasonal, local food. The nutritional quality of the food that powers your family (and the sodium, sugar and total calorie counts that are all too easy to splurge on when you eat out). And the cost—let’s not forget the cost of a good homemade meal compared to a restaurant meal.
As much as some of us love the freedom to cook whatever we feel like in the moment, there is something liberating in having it planned out. That mix can include a bunch of make-ahead and freezer-friendly meals so that, when that last-minute invitation to dinner comes in, you can drop a day of out of your meal plan with no food wasted. Shopping gets more organized too, when you go to the store with a complete list of just what you need for the week, rather aimlessly wandering the store, hoping that you'll find the Perfect Meal aisle.
To arrive at that mealtime magic, try Youmiam. It’s particularly helpful for not just recipes, but grocery lists and meal planning too. Here’s how to use it in four easy steps.