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“What’s for dinner?”
Probably the most dreaded question ever, right?
Because if you don’t know the answer, one of these things is bound to happen:
- You’ll have to go to the store to get something.
- You’ll have to whip together something you may not even want just because you happen to have it on hand.
- You’ll have to go out for dinner. Again. Which will most definitely ruin the rest of this month’s budget.
- Worse still, there’s a good chance that you and whoever you plan on dining with will ponder the question until everyone gets nuclear-level grouchy due to low blood sugar and hunger.
Sort of a recipe for disaster, huh?
Or you could skip the whole dilemma by getting in the habit of planning out your meals.
All it takes is a pen, paper, and maybe a conversation or two with the rest of the fam about what everyone wants to eat for the next week or two.
Most of us have meals we eat regularly, so start there. Write down breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options for the next 7 days, put together your grocery list, and rest easy in the knowledge that you now have an answer to the world’s most dreaded question!
I love a good plan and I’m all about lists, but there is nothing easy about meal planning.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t know what I want to eat from one meal to the next, much less what I’m gonna want for dinner next Friday. Plus, I get tired of eating the same things week in and week out.
Sometimes I want to mix things up.
Factor in the dietary wants and needs of even one other person, and the whole idea of meal planning starts seeming more and more impossible.
But still… you gotta eat. So, what can you do?
Let an app handle it.
The best news?
A lot of these apps are free.
I’m happy with the one I use, Mealime.
It is easy to use and there are a lot of tasty meals to choose from. It generates a grocery list based on the meals I’ve chosen for the week and allows me to effortlessly add other items to the list.
It has made meal planning so much easier and quicker, y’all!
In fact, instead of dreading figuring out what’s for dinner for the week, now I kinda look forward to it.
While they aren’t free, they could easily pay for themselves if they do what they say they do. I’ll probably try one (or both) at some point in the future.
I promise I’ll come back and let y’all know what I think about them once I do.
In the meantime, are there any meal planning apps that you use and like? Have you tried any of the ones I mentioned? What did you think?