We all know we should be meal planning but…how often do you actually do it? Meal planning is crucial when it comes to managing busy schedules. But do you know how to meal plan like a pro?
It’s absolutely necessary for eating healthy food that keeps your body in tip top, God glorifying shape.
When you get in the habit of planning your meals like a pro, it’ll change your life. How do I know?
Cuz I’ve seen it benefit many people. Myself included.
If you’re going to get delicious, nutritious, balanced meals on the table, you’ve got to plan like a pro, even if you’ve got no time. Just no way around it. Here are a few other reasons to meal plan.
Meal Planning Reasons
Cooking at home and cooking what’s in season is always going to be more cost effective than ordering in or going out. Bonus: cooking local in season food always always tastes better.
It may take a little time upfront to plan your meals but it’ll be more than made up for on the backend. You’ll save time grocery shopping cuz you know exactly what to get. Having a plan allows you to prep and batch cook. This means your following meals take less time to get on the table.
This is one we’re passionate about. Our resources on earth are limited and God has entrusted us to steward them well. When you plan your meals you ensure that every bit of what you cook is either eaten or morphed into a new meal. It also allows you to plan your meals around what you already have in the fridge, freezer or pantry. This prevents things from going bad and being thrown out.
When you take the time to plan your meals you can ensure everyone’s getting enough vegetables, protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and fruit.
You won’t fall in the ‘same ol thing’ rut when you take the time to plan. Have a few go-to meals but also try and experiment with one or two new recipes each week.
Meal Planning with Proverbs
Friday we’ve got 10 Meal Planning Tips coming your way but first…some time with God.
As a child, our current Surgeon General started reading Proverbs every morning because of the foundation it gives to his day. His mom was the one who started this habit with him. Today we’re going to follow suit and spend time in Proverbs 9:1-6. We’re not going to dive deep into the theology of this passage, we’re just going to glean what it has at face value. Today I’m using the Message translation.
“Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home; it’s supported by seven hewn timbers. The banquet meal is ready to be served: lamb roasted, wine poured out, table set with silver and flowers. Having dismissed her serving maids, Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place, and invites everyone within sound of her voice: ‘Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on? Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me! I’ve prepared a wonderful spread-fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines. Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning.’”
First, in Proverbs we have Wisdom coming against Folly. Wisdom appeals to the mind and Folly to the senses. Here’s something we need to remember in all aspects of our lives, not just meal planning.
It’s easy to excite the senses but the pleasures are temporary and meaningless.
Truth: The satisfaction that comes from a life lived, things done, with wisdom are long lasting and life changing.
Read through these verses and spend some time praying and journaling or note taking. Whatever works best for you – spend some time listening to God as you meditate on His word and these questions.
Food for Thought
We’ve created an Everyday with God Journal for you to use with these questions and anything else you and God talk about. There’s power and encouragement in writing things down and being able to reflect on what God does over the days, weeks, months, and years.
- What did Lady Wisdom build?
- What did she prepare?
- Who did she invite to dinner?
- What was her message when inviting them?
- How would you answer her question “Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on” – even if it’s just one area of your life, like meal planning?
- If someone offered you a life free of confusion and full of meaning, would you take it?
Since this life is available to you now,
- What do you need God to help you with?
We’d love to hear how you answered these questions, especially the things you’re struggling with or need God’s help with. Our mission here is to help you “recognize your Superpower (hello Holy Spirit) so you can faithfully steward all areas of your life and make a Kingdom difference.”
Sharing your struggles and needs will help us better serve you.
Lastly, There’s no right or wrong way to meal plan. The only wrong way is not to meal plan. Figure out what works for you and your family, stick with it, and get to meal planning like a pro.
Here’s a link to the Everyday with God Journal again. Don’t forget to check back on Friday for the 10 Meal Plan Like a Pro Tips. You don’t wanna miss these.