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Print the weekly dinner schedule template. Pull out your calendar and see what obligations you have that week. Baseball double-header on Monday? That calls for a slow cooker meal. Moms Night Out on Friday? That sounds like leftovers for the hubby and kids. Also look at your daytime activities, not just the ones in the late afternoon or evening. Don’t schedule a slow cooker meal that needs to begin at 1 p.m., if you aren’t going to be home to start it.
I don’t always schedule out my dinners on specific days. We rarely have late afternoon/evening activities that make it necessary for me to set a specific dinner schedule. (I no longer go to the gym in the evenings like you’ll see in the video below.) I can imagine this will become more important once my kids are older and involved in more activities.
Don’t forget to include leftovers, eating out or picking up takeout. I also like to include prep notes, anything from when to start the Instant Pot to when to pull meat out to thaw.
Work your meals around your life, and write your plan in pencil…one with an eraser. Remember that things change! You also don’t have to stick to your plan 100 percent. Go out to eat if a friend invites you. Have dinner delivered if you’re sick. Give yourself grace and don’t miss out on life just because you made a meal plan. Chances are your food will last another day or two until you can cook it.
How To Schedule Your Dinners in Plan To Eat
Now that you’ve penciled in your weekly dinner schedule, you can update your schedule in the Plan To Eat planner, if necessary. You can also add your menu to other calendar apps that you use. Check out how in the video below!