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5 Fantastic Tips To Take The Stress Out Of Meal Planning

“What do you want to do for dinner?” People dread this question for various reasons and would choose “it’s complicated” as their relationship status with dinner.

“What do you want to do for dinner?” People dread this question for various reasons and would choose “it’s complicated” as their relationship status with dinner. Some are limited by time, others by money, and others by a lack of culinary interest. Our living situation adds another twist. If you want help with dinner and fall into one of these categories, these guidelines will help.

1. Identify your grocery shopping personality

Here’s the image that I hear the majority of people describe striving for: Sunday morning, peacefully and creatively brainstorming dinner recipes to make the upcoming week, able to anticipate what will sound good to eat days in advance. Then transferring the recipe ingredients into a list to take to the grocery store, and after arriving home from blissfully grocery shopping, engaging in some degree of partial or entire food preparation. Entering the work week armed and ready to arrive home each night, happily putting together the ingredients that were thoughtfully purchased and prepared on Sunday.

Where does this fantasy come from?! When I ask about the origin of this expectation, most people mumble in a failure tone “doesn’t everyone do that?” and then go onto describe hearing a friend or colleague brag about successfully doing this combined with seeing it described as “easy” on tons of Pinterest pins. So here’s the deal: we are all unique in what our method will be for procuring and preparing food, and if we focus on some imaginary idea of what it should be we won’t have a chance to figure out what our personal grocery shopping style is.

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Once you’ve identified your grocery shopping style is, own it! This is how you work best. Being in touch with your grocery shopping style makes grocery shopping (and dinner preparation) go much, much smoother.

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