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Make meal planning quick and easy by creating a family favorites meal list. Put a meal plan together that fits your schedule every week and is full of dinner ideas you know everyone in the family will eat, even your kids. #mealplanning #quickdinners #weeknightmeals #dinnerideas

About 6 years ago, when our second child was born, I went through a phase where I was really enjoying cooking and trying new recipes. I would cook something that I saw on the Rachel Ray show during early morning breastfeeding sessions or things I randomly saw on my Pinterest feed.

Then a few weeks later I would be meal planning and wanting to add something that the family enjoyed, but I couldn’t remember where I had found the recipe.

I wanted a way to record all of our favorite recipes and categorize them so that I can pick the best meals for certain days of the week. I wanted to track:

  • Cook Time- I assign meals with shorter cook times or in the Instant Pot for nights the kids have an extracurricular activity.
  • Approximate price of the meal- I like to have lower cost meal options for when our grocery budget is tight.
  • Where to find the recipe- I generally find my recipes in cookbooks, on Pinterest, and on my favorite food blogs.
  • Key Ingredients- I like to know the key ingredients in a recipe so that I can appropriately stockpile in my pantry and freezer.
  • Freezable- I try to make 1-2 meals that are freezable per week so that I can add to my freezer stock.

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I created a simple printable where I record all of the information for easy reference during my meal planning sessions. This family favorites meal list is part of my FREE Meal Planning Guide.

Having a family favorites meal list has cut my meal planning time in half, because I don’t have to spend a ton of time searching the Internet for random recipes that I’m unsure my kids will even eat.

It takes a little bit of work to put this list together initially, but once it’s done you can easily add to it as you find new family favorites.

I’m always looking for new fast, easy weeknight meals. What are some favorites for your family?

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Sarah Nichols

Sarah Nichols, founder and content creator for Let's Talk Mom Business, has a background in business, marketing, research, and advocacy. combines her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and experience as a Marketing Expert for B2B tech companies to help moms start and scale an online business or shake up their career after a career gap.

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