Menu Planning and the Working Mother: Tips to Plan Healthy Meals While Juggling Home and a Job

October 17, 2011

I know what you’re thinking. Really, one more thing to do?

But hear me out and I promise, you’ll feel SO much better at the end of this post.

Are you in a tizzy when dinner time rolls around? Do takeaway joints think of you fondly? Does a homecooked meal mean grabbing a packet and popping it into the microwave? I know. You already have SO many things on your plate, that dinner really doesn’t find a place.

Yes, it isn’t easy being a working mother.

However, you can still with a little (really, teeny) bit of planning, make healthy, homecooked meals a possibility.

How?

Find Your Family Favorites

Begin by jotting down a list of meals your family enjoys. Try and stick to the ones that are or can be made at home – pastas, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, casseroles, grills. Don’t overthink. Just write. You don’t even need to take out time for this. Just make the list while you wait for something else to be done.

Do Some Grocery Shopping

Next, over the weekend, spend time stocking up on essentials that you need to whip up favorite meals. Also, stock up on essentials that allow you to make meals in a hurry. Bouillon cubes, for instance, are a timesaver when making a stew in a rush.

Draw up a 7-Day Menu Plan

The easiest and simplest way to start is to simply write down 7-days worth of dinners. Nothing fancy. Just pick dishes that you think you could make when back from work and have on the table.

Alternatively, you could spend some time Saturday evening, cooking and freezing meals for the week. So, all you’d need to do is pull a dish out of the freezer and have a nice, hot, homemade meal in an instant.

Get Menu Planning Help

There are SO many menu planning resources out there. Designed by busy moms for moms. Some of them even send you customized menu plans for the week, complete with recipes and a grocery shopping list. Others offer you tips and ideas on creating healthy meals as a working mother. Choose one that best fits your needs. Here are a few for you to choose from:

1. E-Mealz

2. The Dinner Solution

3. Menus4Moms.com

4. Plan to Eat

Here are some more menu planning resources should you be looking for books, websites and inspiration.

Do you menu plan? What tips do you have for planning healthy meals as a busy working mother?

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