You already have everything you need to meal plan!
A few years ago, I began to meal plan for my family! I quickly realized that I could save a ton of money, eat more organic and natural products and cook less by meal planning.
I also already had everything I needed in my kitchen to get started.
Here are the only 8 tools you need that you probably already have. If you’re missing one or two know that each item is extremely low cost and I have linked my recommendations to make this process as easy as possible for you.
No one needs extra work with everything going on. I have also created many meal plans over the last three years, and I am excited to share them with you!
Click here for my 12 Meals for under $150 meal plan! I will be posting a new Meal Plan once a month.
EACH MEAL PLAN IS FREE NO STRINGS ATTACHED!
Each meal plan includes a complete grocery list, detailed freezing and cooking instructions and printable labels!
The 8 Essential Meal Plan tools you need…and already have in your kitchen!
1. A Permanent Marker
You will need a permanent marker to write the name of the recipe along with cooking instructions on the freezer bag. This way when you (or your husband *wink*) pulls it out for dinner all you have to do is read the label. Easy and fast!
Permanent Markers tend to stay readable on the freezer bags very well which is why I recommend them.
2. Gallon Freezer Bags (I prefer Ziplock)
I have found that Ziplock brand freezer bags really do work the best. I am not a brand person at all but sometimes the quality really is there. I have hardly ever had an issue with these bags breaking in the freezer or fridge.
3. Quart Freezer Bags (I prefer Ziplock)
Ziplock freezer bags really have been a quality and trustworthy freezer bag from my experience. The quart sized bags will be for sauces or smaller additions to be added to your meal as it cooks.
4. Slow Cooker or InstaPot
I LOVE MY SLOW COOKER! It saves me so much time! Throw in a dinner and it cooks slowly throughout the day making my home smell great and allowing me so much more time to do whatever…
An Instapot that will work well too.
If you don’t own either I recommend starting out with a slow cooker. You can get a great one at a low cost and it will be one of the most time saving items in your kitchen.
5. Cutting Board
I can’t imagine meal prep without a cutting board! Gotta get all those veggies and herbs chopped up!
6. Sharp Knife
Sharp knives can make a huge difference when meal prepping. I have been so frustrated in the past with how hard it can be to cut, dice and chop items with a dull knife. You don’t even need a whole knife set just one good knife that you use to meal prep.
I prefer a high-speed blender and I currently use a ninja. We got it as a wedding present, and I can honestly say that I use it daily.
BUT you do not need to make an investment in a ninja to meal plan. Any blender will work for my recipes.
8. A couple of hours
The best thing about this tool is it is free. Haha I like to schedule in my meal planning for the day after my grocery shopping trip. That way everything is fresh.
3-5 hours one day a month will be enough to get you 12-15 freezer meals ready to go!
Ok, you are ready!
I have done all the background work for you to make this journey as easy as possible.
Now that you know about the 8 essential tools you need and already have, give meal planning a try, comment below and let me know how it goes!
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