Step-by-Step Instructions for Simple Meal Planning for Beginners

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  • Look at your weekly schedule- what’s going on this week? Do you have to work late, do you have plans for dinner with friends, or a party?

  • Mark the days that meals will be difficult with a small “X” in the corner.

  • Put breakfast and lunches on autopilot until you get use to meal planning for a few weeks. Write down 2 or 3 options for breakfast and lunch (bagels or cereal for breakfast, leftovers or sandwiches for lunch). Plan mostly for dinners.

  • Choose easy dinners.

  • On a separate sheet of paper, list the items that you would need to create those meals.

  • Make sure that meals that need fresh ingredients are being eaten in the beginning of the week.