Seasonal Mealtime Planning
The theme last week on my Instagram page was “Nourishing Little Minds and Bodies” and as a part of the series, I would love to share with you my Meal Planning tips and ideas.
SEARCH FOR IDEAS & INSPIRATION
- Gather Cookbooks – If you have some favourite family cook books, grab some of these or search for recipes on your favourite cooking websites.
- Look for Seasonal Ingredients & Recipes – Here in Southern Ontario, Canada we are entering Spring so I will be looking for recipes that feature fiddleheads, asparagus, spring greens, dandelion greens and peas.
- Bookmark Favourite – You can even involve older children in the process of choosing some favourite recipes for the season. This will likely inspire them to get involved in the cooking process too.
CHOOSE THEMED NIGHTS IF YOU DON’T LIKE A DETAILED MEALPLAN
- Monday – Italian
- Tuesday – Curry
- Wednesday – Soup and Salad
- Thursday – Roast and Veggies
WRITE IT ALL DOWN
- There are lots of free templates on the internet if you search ‘meal planning template’ or you can make your own in a spreadsheet. Click here to download my template.
- Remember to make a grocery list associated with the plan so that you have everything you need on hand for the week
- For an extra time-saver: write the list with the food in order of the aisles of the grocery shop- so that you can go through the list seamlessly when you get there without any backtracking.
If you’d like to see more from the “Nourishing Little Minds and Bodies” series, head over to my Instagram @meaganrosewilson and review the last couple of posts.
If you have a picky eater or other challenges surrounding meal planning, I am offering 30-minute “Mini sessions to Address Specific Early Childhood Challenges” to help you find simple solutions.