My Life With Twins: Meal Planning for Your Growing Family
Families raising twins or more are, by definition, feeding a larger than average family.
Because of their larger size, and the added expenses to manage larger family dynamics, meal planning is crucial for MoMs (Mothers of Multiples).
I am a habitual meal planner. Meal planning stems from my love of reading cookbooks, food blogs, and magazines, scouring them for new things to feed my family.
However, I am not a consistent meal planner. Some weeks I plan my menus down to dessert and snacks, some weeks I plan a rough outline of five or six dinners to make for the week, and some weeks I depend on some”old standby” meals to fill out my meal plans.
There are so many resources available to help you plan your meals, that I thought I would compile them here for your reference.
- My dear friend Essie hosts a weekly Menu Plan Monday, complete with recipes and a link up every Monday.
- The Meal Makeover Moms recorded a great podcast on meal planning. Their weekly podcasts are a must listen and a huge resource for feeding your family.
- Michelle at Make 5 Dinners in ONE Hour has a great blog and subscription meal planning service that features healthful, varied, kid friendly meals that can be made ahead in just one hour a week! I’ve followed several of her meal plans and several of her recipes have become new family favorites. Her blog is also FULL of great recipes and time and money saving food tips!
- My friend Megan plans her meals out a month at a time. She even plans for some yummy breakfasts and great snacks and desserts! She is a great cook (and mom), he meal planning inspires me!
- Do you want a cookbook that will lay out an entire year of seasonal menu plans for you? And gives you a shopping list? And includes a dessert every.single.day? Then A Dinner a Day: Complete Meals in Minutes for Every Weeknight of the Year is for you! I bought this cookbook back in 1999, and I cooked from it for 52 weeks! We ate such a varied and interesting diet! It is now out in Kindle edition as well, and I am tempted to download it to my iPad, it really is good enough to own twice!
- Do you want to do the menu planning all on your own? Here is a great first step, and a great way to facilitate dinnertime conversation: ask everyone to list their top ten dinners, as well as their bottoms ten. Use this as a springboard for family dinner ideas. For example, Megan always has either tacos or pizza for Friday night dinner. My family loves chili and spaghetti, so we have one or the other every week. Once you know what your family loves, it is easy to line up a week’s worth of family fare!
Chime in! Do you plan your meals weekly, monthly, or right before it is time to make dinner? Do you have to make allowances for your “multiple blessings?” I’d love to hear from you!
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