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Article  •  6 July 2022


The 15 best meal planning tips for busy families

15 meal planning tips for busy families from The Family Meal Solution.

Not sure what to you cook that you and the kids will enjoy? Not sure you have the time?

Then you might want to check out The Family Meal Solution.

From Allie Gaunt and Jessica Beaton of One Handed Cooks website and community, this cookbook is jam-packed with great tips, ideas, and easy meals that the whole family will love. With a focus on cooking for your present self while simultaneously looking out for your future self, the book provides plenty of helpful tips for making the most of your time spent cooking.

The family meal solution cookbook on a marble table.

While you might aspire to create gourmet meals every day, that’s not a reality for most of us. But with a few simple tips from The Family Meal Solution, you can learn to plan and, therefore, eat better – minimal effort required.

One of the biggest tips in the book?

Meal planning.

By planning and prepping meals in advance, you’ll save time and money, making dinnertime a lot less stressful. While meal planning might sound like a daunting task, The Family Meal Solution encourages adopting small changes gradually. Rather than diving headfirst into a full-blown meal planning routine, the book recommends picking up tips that work for your unique family, building your repertoire of meal prep skills along the way. It doesn’t need to look like cooking a week’s worth of food in one go; it can be as simple as pre-chopping your veggies or baking up a batch of afterschool snacks to freeze and stash for later.

Not too hard, right? If you want to give it a go, these 15 tips from The Family Meal Solution are the perfect place to start.

15 Meal Planning Tips for Busy Families

  1. Clean your fridge and pantry before trying to meal prep
  2. Sanitise your sink, place your fruit and veg inside, and wash it all in one go
  3. Make twice as much food as you need so that you have another batch to enjoy later
  4. Wash and slice produce as soon as you can to ensure you use it
  5. Set aside ten minutes to organise the kitchen once a week
  6. Create a list of family-favourite recipes to avoid indecision
  7. Shop the weekly specials to save money
  8. Buy in bulk to save money (you can always freeze what you don’t use immediately)
  9. Stock up on pantry staples like pasta, rice and canned foods for quick and easy meals
  10. Make premixes of spices, dry ingredients etc. to use in the future
  11. Flash freeze fresh baked goods to pack in lunchboxes throughout the week
  12. Keep a ‘breakfast box’ stocked with bread and spreads that you can pull out for a quick brekkie
  13. Grate extra cheese, and store it in an airtight container to use throughout the week
  14. Double up on sauce recipes, and freeze half to use at a later date
  15. Use a food processor to pre-grate veggies like zucchini and carrots

Want to try a recipe from the cookbook? These tray-bake ginger beef meatballs are so good!

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