Is meal planning something you struggle with?
Well you’re definitely not alone!
Whenever I talk to Stonesoup readers about their biggest cooking problems, meal planning it always near the top of the list.
Last minute changes in plans and chaotic schedules are some of the most common problems.
As is the fact that meal plans often ‘fall apart’ because you don’t ‘feel like’ eating what you’d planned to cook that night.
Then there were the people who struggle to come up with new ideas and feel bored with their current meal routine.
And running through all this is the costly problem of wasted ingredients and leftovers going bad and having to be thrown out.
What IS the No. 1 Meal Planning Mistake?
It’s deciding what you’re going to cook in advance and then building your shopping list around that plan.
Having a list of set recipes or dishes is problematic for a number of reasons…
First, it takes a lot of time to figure it all out in advance.
But the biggest problem is the lack of flexibility to cope with the changes that naturally come up with modern life.
It’s nearly impossible to predict that Wednesday is going to be unseasonably cold and you’ll be craving a comforting bowl of soup, rather than the light salad you had in the meal plan.
No wonder meal plans tend to get broken…
How Do I Avoid This Mistake?
You just need to learn how to ‘reverse’ the process.
It may sound a little scary, but in practice it’s a really liberating way of approaching meal planning.
And it’s actually much quicker and easier than traditional meal plans.
Shopping and cooking this way, based on what looks best, is a skill that anyone can learn which is why I wrote the ‘2-Minute Meal Plan‘.
Speaking of which…
2 Minute Meal Plan eCookbook
The 2-Minute Meal Plan is easily the most unusual book that I’ve ever written because it shows you the easiest way to ‘reverse’ your meal plan and cook with the ingredients you have on hand using ‘template recipes’.
This frees you from the constraints of shopping lists and traditional recipes while providing the support you need to get healthy meals on the table with minimum fuss or effort.
For more details go to:
ps. Not sure if the ‘2-Minute Meal Plan’ can help YOU?
Here’s what Rellie and Juliana have said about it…
“Your book has changed my life! I LOVE it! I am the crappiest cook ever but my confidence has soared (as have the amount of meals my family actually eat!) It is so simple and easy to follow.”
Rellie, 2MMP owner
“Brilliant book. The title doesn’t quite do the book justice. I know how to cook, I know how to shop, I know how to plan…I didn’t really NEED your book, but I love it! There is something fresh about this book. The template recipes are us such a nice change from a regular cook book. Thank you and keep up the good work.”
Juliana, 2MMP owner
pps. Here’s the link again: