We can’t talk about meal planning without first talking about perfectionism.
Stay with me.
If we aim to plan our family dinners in a perfectly Pinterest way - we set ourselves up to fail.
If I’m only satisfied when my meal resembles some famous blogger’s Tuesday night dinner - I will crash and burn every time.
Because it turns out, I am not a food blogger. Or an expert chef. Or baker. Or food photographer. I’m clearly none of these things.
But, do I love to serve my family well? Absolutely.
Do I want dinner to be less about prepping and more about connecting? Yep.
Here’s the thing:
Meal planning is less about culinary skill and more about who’s around the table.
If any of that rings true for you, know you’re in good company. I think most of us just want to do this whole meal planning thing better. We’ve got no energy for the 5pm What’s for Dinner?! stress. And the internet and our friends all have solutions. We try their tips for awhile, but then quickly fizzle out. I have so been there. Multiple times.
Anytime I try to emulate somebody else’s meal planning protocol, I fail a few weeks in. Because their life is not my life. We all have different needs, tastes and budgets.
Although we can certainly glean advice from others, (and should!) meal planning feels impossible because we have to tweak it and create it ourselves. That’s the hard truth, because it would be so much easier if the deciding was done for us. Right? I get it.
We’re continuing this conversation over in the Limitless Motherhood Facebook group and newsletter! Don’t worry, there are ZERO pretty PDFs involved telling you how to meal plan. Just practical advice and a dose or reality around dinner time.
I can’t wait to hear what works for you and what doesn’t. Let’s tackle meal planning together!