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5 Steps to Effective Meal Planning for Home Chefs

by Tom Zibkowski 03/28/2021

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Some people seem like born organizers, especially when it comes to meal planning. In reality, it's a skill you can cultivate. Let us show you how to do just that, in five doable steps.  

1. Commit to the Effort

Any goal — exercising more, learning a new language or planning meals — starts with making a commitment. When you decide to get organized about planning meals, write down ways this new skill can help you. Start by asking your family or friends what they like to eat. Choosing people you actually cook for enables you to factor in their preferences.

2. Choose a Method that Fits Your Lifestyle

If you work full-time, you might not have time to cook fresh meals every day. Here's an example that nets you several meals with a few main ingredients. Buy a rotisserie chicken for one dinner, use some of the leftovers on a fresh salad the next night, then change it up by throwing the remaining meat into yummy chicken tacos. That's three meals down. Does roasted pork loin with veggies sound great for Sunday dinner? You can use the leftovers to make pulled pork sandwiches on Monday.

3. Map Out Your Meals with Recipes & Shopping Lists

You can also map out two weeks of menus at a time. This saves trips to the grocery store and makes it easy to plan meals around ingredients that fit more than one recipe. Remember to give yourself a break. This could mean occasionally eating out or including easy-prep meals to take the pressure off. Once you creating a grocery list that strategically maximizing all the ingredients you have to buy, work on another two-week meal plan. Eventually, you'll have several go-to roadmaps, complete with recipes and grocery lists, to feed your family two weeks at a time.

4. Cook Perishables First

If your meal plan includes perishable items, make those early in the week. Save simple omelets or pasta plates for further out to minimize trips to the grocery store. Balancing fresh and frozen goods can save money and allow you to buy some items in bulk. Many people over buy fresh produce and end up throwing it out when it goes bad.

5. Critique Your Success

After you eat a meal, take time to ask everyone for an honest evaluation. Make it fun with a star system. Gold stars are definitely do-overs. Bronze stars and below may need to be replaced on the roster.

About the Author
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Tom Zibkowski

Professional: I specialize in representing clients in the purchase and sale of real estate throughout Macomb and Oakland Counties. Throughout my 35 years in the business I have developed residential housing communities and currently work with some of the top home builders in the industry. Some of the custom home builders I work with are : Sal Mar Homes, GTR Builders, New Homes By Chirco, Cranbrook Homes,& Arteva Homes. If you are planning on building a custom home, please contact me. Through the years I have created a niche in the luxury home market and have represented many professional athletes and celebrities with their specific needs. Please contact me with any questions you may have regarding luxury homes throughout Michigan. When you list your home for sale with Tom Zibkowski you will receive the following: Experience: • Over 4000 closed sales since 1982, throughout Macomb and Oakland Counties • Rated as top 100 Agents nationwide by Wall Street Journal • Averaging over 40 million dollars in closed sales annually Services: • 3 full time administrative assistants to process transactions and communicate activities to customer constantly. • Professional photography with virtual tours & aerial virtual tours as needed. • Featured listing exposure on Luxury Portfolio International, Zillow-Trulia-Realtor.com Listingbook-Homefinder.com-Homes.com • Full page color print advertising in Sunday Detroit News & Free Press. • Full page color print advertising in Michigan Luxury Homes Magazine • Daily internet updates of all public viewing activities and market updates. • Just listed color postcard direct mail campaigns to neighborhood. • Statewide multiple listing exposure. • Adwerx Internet pop-up display advertising campaigns Personal: I'm a Michigan native having been born and raised in the local area. My wife Jackie and I have two children. Troy is 23 years old, a licensed pilot and currently working in the real estate business. Tyler is 19 years old and is attending The College For Creative Studies, his major is transportation design.We live in Washington Township and are active in our community. My other website