This week’s challenge from Home Storage Solutions 101 is all about healthy meal planning and shopping lists. For the second week in a row the challenge has been something I have already tried – makes me feel good that at least I’m already doing some things to keep my home organized!
I did my first meal planning in January as part of the Kathi Lipp What’s For Dinner Solution challenge. I found that having a plan lowered my stress level considerably. I knew exactly what I would be making, but I also allowed myself some flexibility. When I shopped the last time for my meal plan I planned to make a Italian sausage stew. Only to find out later that Paul doesn’t like that recipe as much as I do. So instead, I incorporated the the ingredients into other dishes that week.
The other thing I like about meal planning is that I can try some new recipes. It’s fun to plan for just one new thing during the week to keep it interesting. For my next weeks plan I’ll be trying a recipe I saw on Pinterest for restaurant-style orange chicken. It doesn’t look too difficult so I’m excited to give it a whirl.