How To Meal Plan For Two |Without Wasting Food Or Money!

How To Meal Plan For Two |Without Wasting Food Or Money!

When I first started meal planning, we used to throw away so much food. What was supposed to save money and help us to be more prepared, caused us to start wasting more food and spending more money on groceries. It was horrible! It was very frustrating to go through the work of meal planning, buying, and cooking all of the food, only to end up with a fridge full of food at the end of the week.

Because I have a feeling that this issue is not unique to me, I wanted to take some time to write this post because, thankfully, I no longer have this struggle. The good thing is, over the years, and with a lot of trial and error, I have learned a lot of things that help me to meal plan for Patrick and I, without spending too much on groceries and wasting food. Meal planning for two doesn’t have to be hard, but I truly believe that there are specific considerations that have to be made.

How To Meal Plan For Two |Without Wasting Food!

Tip #1: Take Inventory Of What You Have

I talk about this all the time! Taking inventory of what you have on hand, when meal planning, is so important. I will go out on a limb and say that it is even more important for a family of two. Before sitting down to meal plan be sure to take inventory of what you already have and incorporate those things into your upcoming meal plan.

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Tip # 2: Take Into Consideration What You Are Cooking

When you are meal planning, be sure to consider the size of the meals that you will be making. Don’t just attempt to plan seven meals because there are seven days in the week, consider what you are cooking. This matters!  Not all meals are created equal as far as size and how filling that meal is.

For instance: I know if we are planning to have a pasta dish, we will usually eat it over the span of two days, instead of one, simply because we typically make more than we can eat in one night.

Tip #3: Start Learning How Much Your Family Generally Eats

When you start meal planning it is important to start paying attention to how much your family generally eats. This isn’t for the purpose of starting to cut back on how much your family is eating. Paying attention to how much your family eats, helps you to learn how much to plan for. It will help you to accurately decide how much food you need to buy for future meal plans. It’s definitely not a perfect science because how much is eaten, depends on the day and how hungry someone is, but it helps to get you in the right ballpark of how much you need.

Tip #4: Plan A Buffer Meal

I recommend planning at least one buffer meal into your meal plan. When I say buffer meal, I simply mean to plan for a day of leftovers or breakfast for dinner. Inevitably at some point during the week we end up with leftovers. I plan for this to avoid wasting food. On this day we either have whatever leftovers are in the fridge or, as a backup, we will have breakfast for dinner just in case we do not have any leftovers.

Tip # 5: Consider Cutting Recipes In Half

If you are using a recipe, consider cutting it in half. Most recipes online and in cookbooks feed 4-6 people, which most times is too much food for a small family of two. If you are wanting to try a new recipe be aware of this. Don’t be afraid to cut the recipe in half. It will help you avoid waste and save you money because you won’t have to buy as many ingredients.

Tip #6: Use Your Freezer!

If all else fails and you still have some food left at the end of the week, don’t get frustrated. This is when you need to utilize your freezer! If you have leftovers, that can be frozen, throw them in the freezer. Freezing food is so easy. The great thing is that any leftovers you freeze can be used in your meal plan for the following week, which will save you money on groceries. I do recommend eating these leftovers within a week or two of putting them in the freezer, otherwise, there is a high chance that they won’t get eaten.

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I hope these tips helped to give you the confidence that you need to start meal planning!




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