It’s back to school time, which means schedules are changing, after school activities are starting up soon- and it’s time to adjust that meal plan for fall.
If you’re like ‘meal plan, WHAT meal plan… it was summer!’ I totally get you. Summer is supposed to be relaxing and breezy and it’s ok if you ditched the meal plan entirely for a more lax approach. But often as we approach the school season and our schedules start to tighten up, it gets more difficult to simply throw together a dinner or pop into the grocery store on a whim without it being an unwelcome blow to our routine. This is where having a meal plan comes into play- so let’s chat adjusting your meal plan for the back to school season.
Before we dive into the HOW, let me remind you WHY a meal plan– dinner plan, specifically (we’ll get into breakfast and lunches, soon) is so helpful.
If you want more on the basics of meal planning, check out these helpful podcast episodes:
The two lists you need to make meal planning a breeze
How (and why) to create a seasonal family meals list
How I organize my recipes
So… how do we start the shift from summer mode to the school season? (p.s. Even if your kids aren’t school age yet, these tips will still help you shift season-to-season).
So WHY is this important?
When you go to meal plan each week, you now have a place to start. Instead of starting from scratch, you’re going to choose at least 1-2 recipes from your Family Favorites list, more if you want an easier week and the rest from your recipes to try list. I find the beginning of a season is a good time to experiment and try new recipes and build up that Family Favorites list… and then I choose more from the Family Favorites list as time goes on, and life tends to get busier towards late fall and early winter.
BONUS STEP: Organize your recipes. I have a whole episode podcast on how I organize my recipes- but I’ve actually shifted to a more digital system, which I’ll share with you soon- however you do it, having a place to store all your recipes for easy access will make your week of cooking easier, guaranteed.
Now it’s time to create your first (back to school) meal plan!
Did you find this helpful?? Leave me a comment and let me know how you like to transition your meal plan into the back to school season!