20 Recipes to Help Anyone Start Monthly Meal Planning

Zlata Faerman | Oct 24, 2019 Food & Party
20 Recipes to Help Anyone Start Monthly Meal Planning

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The secret to any diverse palette is to stay creative in the kitchen. How? By having a ton of new and fresh recipes at the ready! Any quick search on Pinterest or (obviously) Google will provide a slew of meal ideas that can be overwhelming. Add in these allergies and those sensitivities, and thanks to the world wide web, one will still see a wide selection to choose from. No matter if the family is gluten-free, vegan, Low FODMAP, dairy-free, wheat-free, egg-free, or any other kind of "free," there are a ton of recipes out there to try. This is good, people! This means never having to eat the same meal twice again. 

The easiest way to achieve a consistently new and robust flow of meals is to plan them out -- and be a little adventurous.

Be warned: Meal planning can be time-consuming, but totally worth it! Having scheduled ideas of what meals to prepare for the family is essential. A meal plan helps to keep those trips to the grocery store organized and, if necessary, on budget. Planning out what recipes to cook in advance also helps to minimize wasted food and ingredients, in turn saving money. 

Meal planning is like building a puzzle, really. It is essential to reuse some of the ingredients for a variety of other recipes for meals throughout the whole week. For example, one can buy a whole chicken for a roasted chicken dinner recipe, and use the leftovers for a shredded chicken salad lunch recipe. If fish is on the menu more than one time in the week, consider buying a larger piece to cut and freeze for later use. 

Here are 20 recipes to try at least once this month. Consider it a start to a robust meal planning calendar!

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