A Week's Worth of Yum Chef Meredith Abbott, Sur
Culinary Content, shares how she makes delicious meals each week while
with planning tips and suggestions.
Meal planning for more than a few days has always been a struggle for me—I
depending on what my partner Zac and I are craving. But with stay-at-home
the time we spend running errands like grocery shopping, and I have to
Here are four steps I take to make sure we're all eating well and staying
To plan your menu for the week, get with your dining companions to discuss
to eat that week. We started with dinner—it’s the biggest meal, and the one
about. Once we had our list of food options, I chose meals with common
chicken, shrimp and versatile vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli and
flip through cookbooks and look online for ideas to get you started. (Sur La
recipes for home-cooked meals
Create a Shopping List
This is a must. To limit your time in the store, you need to be organized.
your selected recipes serves to determine if you need to decrease or
Also, make plans for leftovers! You may even want to double up on some meals
the next day.
Next, write out the ingredients on a shopping list, then sort the
in store. For example:
Refrigerated & Dairy
Meats & Seafood
Pantry: Canned & Dry Goods
Home Goods (personal care, cleaning supplies, etc.)
This will increase your efficiency in the store, and it also makes it easier
you go to with another person from your household. If the person who is
for your house, also write down brands you generally buy, sizes or any
the right items.
Create Your Meal Plan
Once you've made your grocery list, you can start to plan out the weekly
dinner, those meals just need to be slotted in the corresponding days. They
eating for breakfast and lunch, since they share ingredients—we might have
or use to make something else. Build in flexibility with frozen and prepared
don’t have to make everything from scratch!
Here's what our meal plan for the week looked like.