The Best Meal Planning Tools for Cooking Success!

Meal planning is a life skill that you’ll carry with you forever. That’s why we’ve put our best tools for meal planning into one must-have toolkit. Use this kit to meal plan and prep efficiently and see your life change before your eyes!

  • By Brittany Yamamoto-Taylor
  • April 20, 2020

Since we’ve all gotta eat multiple times a day, you would think that meal planning and cooking would be a process most people practice. However, even though meal planning is an incredibly important skill, it is one that is rarely taught and rarely practiced in our modern society. In fact, cooking in general can lead to a lot of stress in so many people. Well, the good news is that we’re here to change that and bring the beauty of consistent, home-cooked meals back to your table.

To do that, we put together an all-in-one Meal Planning Toolkit, which gives you the essential tips and tricks and those vital resources you’ve never had before. Before we get into the specifics of what our toolkit includes to help you meal plan for the week, let’s explore how meal planning can help you meet great life goals . . .

Be Healthier

Starting the week with a meal plan means you’ve made a commitment to your health by cooking more and are reducing the “what am I eating for dinner” stress.

Save Money

You’re likely to spend 40% more when you grocery shop without a plan. When you write out your meals for the week, you’re effectively setting goals, which means you’re less likely to be tempted by a less healthy and more expensive option, like takeout.

Waste Less

Instead of just selecting recipes, we help you create a holistic plan that will make efficient use of your ingredients so you’ll have less food waste. Not only does throwing away food waste an average of $2K a year per household, it also has a negative impact on the environment.

Create Traditions

When you have a plan for the week, you can easily create traditions like having meaningful meals with friends or eating delicious dinners together as a family.

Okay, now you’re well aware of the benefits of meal planning and probably getting pretty pumped to try it, so let’s get into the specifics of our toolkit and start making your daily life so much easier and your kitchen a stress-free zone.

What’s Inside the Meal Planning Toolkit

Our toolkit is filled with all of the how-to tips, resources, and printable templates that you need so you can easily meal plan for the week. In this downloadable eBook, you will get:

1. The 5 Rules of Meal Planning

We explore the 5 essential rules that form the foundation of an effective meal planning mindset. How we think about what we’re doing makes all the difference, so we’re excited to share the concepts that will set you up for sustained success. Say goodbye to those “I can’t meal plan” thoughts!

2. The 6 Steps to Effective Meal Planning

We walk you through the most important methods of creating a stress-free meal plan – from reviewing your goals, to shopping for ingredients, to learning how to prep well. We also provide tips on how to select recipes for more efficient cooking and less waste.

3. Printable Templates

Since making your plan visual is one of the best ways to successfully meal plan, we have templates to help you in that process. Our Calendar Menu Planning Template is a great way to see how many meals you need to make for the week, how many servings, and what dishes to make. Our Pantry Essentials Template will help you stay stocked with versatile basics so you’re never far from a simple, healthy, and delicious meal. Our Printable Shopping List is broken down into categories, so you can shop quickly, efficiently, and avoid any impulse buys.

4. Recipes

We include 25 easy and delicious recipes that are some of our favorites from our meal plan service. You can add them to your running list of ‘go-to’ favorites, ‘quick and easy’ meals, and ‘want to try’ to make planning balanced dinners that much easier each week.

5. Ingredient, Cooking & Storage Guides

We have 6 super helpful guides to make cooking during any time of life an even simpler process – from protein sources and substitutions, to shelf life, storage, and repurposing leftovers. Keep these resources handy for quick referencing and you’ll be on your way to your best life in the kitchen!

Although good meal planning can take some practice, ultimately it’s a huge time and money saver. And, most importantly, it can help you live a happier and healthier life. If you prioritize planning, you’ll definitely see your grocery bill go down, the amount of food you toss decrease, and the amount of calm you feel skyrocket.

We’ve helped tens of thousands of home cooks improve their lives and actually stick to a meal plan for the first time with our weekly meal plan service and our tools. We’re so excited to help you get started so that you can benefit from the wonders of smart meal planning!

You can download a preview of the eBook, but if you’re ready to start living simpler, healthier, and calmer in the kitchen, get your complete toolkit here:

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