GET ORGANISED cont’d 2
MEALS OK, we’ve spoken about the cost of meals, on your bank balance and your health. The cheapest way to get meals into your family that are packed with nutrition and don’t cost the earth is to make them at home. Getting your food and meals organised is going to open up loads more time for you and take the stress off, as you will always know where your next meal is coming from. The benefits of meal planning are enormous. It allows you to look at your routine and build your eating needs into it. So if you find three evenings a week you are expected to walk in the door and have food on the table in 10 minutes precooking meals on the weekend or at least preparing the ingredients ahead of time will reduce the nightmare in the kitchen when everyone is hungry. Include the family in the process - choosing meals etc. As your kids get older, you can allow them to create the plan and shopping lists too! If you find people are hanging around and off you, give them jobs to keep busy and out from under your feet. E.g. Set the table, unpack the days bags etc. You could have a designated ‘audience chair’, so they don’t get in the way. Meal planning will also help you to use up ingredients in your pantry and fridge. The first step of meal planning is to see what you already have. There may be some prepared meals still in the freezer, or veggies that can be put into a slow cooker for a stew or casserole etc.