5 Menu Planning Ideas for Busy Moms

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Why does this one meal seem to be a challenge for many moms, including myself.

After school activities, homework, sports, planning for dinner seems to go to the bottom of the to-do list.

Whether you’re a working mom, WAHM or SAHM, these 6 menu planning tips can help make planning your dinner meals easier and a little less stressful.

1. Plan your meals a week in advance

Decide on the last day of the previous week (let’s say Saturday) what the menu will be for the following week. Create your shopping list from the list of ingredients to avoid buying what you don’t need at the grocery store.

If you don’t know where to start, some helpful online menu planning services to check out are DineWithoutWhine.com, Emealz.com or FoodontheTable.com.

2. Bargain hunt

Essential to successful menu planning is saving money. Be sure to check out coupon sites like CouponMom.com, CouponCabin.com, You may find that whatever is on sale for that week determines what your meals will be for that week.

3. Search online for recipes

You can get into a menu rut sometimes. Use the Internet to search for new and exciting recipes. Some great sites to check out are Yummly.com, AllRecipes.com, and Tablespoon.com. The recipes are free and you might get some good menu planning ideas on how to jazz up that chicken and rice dish.

4. Do prep work in advance

If you don’t want to cook all of your meals in advance, you can do as much prep work in advance as you can. Plus, all meals can’t be cooked at once. Some foods just taste better freshly prepared. For the night of the meal, all that is needed is to add the ingredients and bake.

5. Have a leftover night

Pick a night to be leftover night and let everyone mix and match for dinner. You could even make your leftover night on a Friday or Saturday and make it a leftover/family movie night.


With just a little bit of menu planning done ahead of time, meal time can be enjoyable and less stressful. You’ll find that once you get into the habit each week of planning meals, it will easily become a part of your weekly routine.



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