Meal planning is a necessary evil in my house. I dread it every week. Last week I discovered two amazing tools to help me make this task so much easier.
First I purchased 100 Days of Real Food‘s 6 week real food lunch plans. This guide is amazing! Five lunches for 6 weeks that I can pack for my boys (I have to pack a lunch every day for summer daycare). The guide makes your shopping list and gives you a step by step guide on what to prep and when. The bonus? One of my goals this year is to go 100% whole foods by the end of the year. Most of the time at least. I’ve explained to my boys that their lunches are going to be different, but I promise there will always be food they like in their lunches. But I want them to try everything. They were pretty excited about this weeks’ menu! Here is Monday’s lunch. B ate it all gone! C was with me all day for our annual mommy & son birthday celebration day, so he didn’t get this lunch. We are almost through the first week and the boys have done pretty well. They have tried foods they know they didn’t like, and that’s all I ask at this point. And the daycare teachers confessed that they love my kids lunches and always check out what the boys bring. Proud mama moment here!
When I downloaded the meal plans I got a free trail to the website Plan to Eat*. Guys, this is the Cadilac of meal planning! I can have my recipes, shopping list, and meal plan all in one happy place. And I can drag and drop recipes onto my meal plan, and it will automatically add all the ingredients to my shopping list. Shop at different stores? No problem, you can make a list for each of them. Need to add more? Simple click of a button. Favorite recipe on a website pinned on your Pinterest board? There’s a button for that! You can print the meal plan, or add it to a digital calendar. Click here to see my meal plan this week. I’m on a free trial right now, but I can guarantee I will pay for the service when the trial is over! The only drawback is, there isn’t a mobile app, but there is a mobile friendly website, which makes it easy to take the list to the store and cross items off as you put them in your cart.
I’m already planning next week’s menu, a chore I usually leave for Saturday morning!
This review of the Real Food Lunch Plans and Plan to Eat were written by me. I was not asked to write these reviews by 100 Days of Real food or Plan to Eat. I have not been compensated for this review.