Winter Meal Planning

It feels like I am constantly running to the grocery store. If I’m lucky, I only go a couple of times during the week. But more often it ends up being three or four times that I visit.

Now that it’s gotten colder and I am thinking ahead to the winter months, my goal is to eliminate unnecessary trips to the store. The only way I can really do that is to improve my meal planning skills.

Last year I had this great idea of trying three new recipes every week. I was tired of cooking the same things over and over again.

Many of these were crockpot recipes, which was perfect for the winter months. Although I didn’t succeed in doing this every single week, I acquired enough new recipes that my recipe collection has grown.

So now my goal is winter meal planning. This weekend I will be sitting down with my recipe binder and cookbooks to not only figure out what I am going to do for Thanksgiving, my holiday baking and Christmas, but I am going to attempt to plan the next two months meals.

I should have enough recipes to make something different each meal (allowing for a couple of days where we have leftovers). And instead of striving for three new recipes each week, I am cutting it down to one.

Planning ahead allows you to be better prepared when you head to the grocery store. Instead of trying to figure out, “What should I make tonight?” you have a list in hand and are ready to purchase at least a week’s worth of groceries. If I can manage to cut my trips to the store down to once-a-week, I will be a very happy camper.

What tips or ideas do you have on meal planning? In particular, how do you implement winter meal planning?

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Stephanie Romero is a professional blogger for Families and full-time web content writer. She is the author and instructor of an online course, "Recovery from Abuse," which is currently being used in a prison as part of a character-based program. She has been married to her husband Dan for 21 years and is the mother of two teenage children who live at home and one who is serving in the Air Force.