Before Being Mummy, I used to really enjoy cooking. It was almost a recreational activity for me really. I can’t believe I used to actually browse recipe books and make neat little lists in cute little notebooks before even more browsing around the supermarket. Seems so very self indulgent now!
Especially because in present day life, I find food shopping and meal planning such a chore. Not because my love for cooking has waned, but simply because there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to sit and be as organised as I used to… especially whilst juggling two very little people, one of whom isn’t even on solids yet! I’d love to still be subscribed to good food magazine and fantasise about getting the time to make a beef wellington but, let’s face it, any spare time I can snatch nowadays is spent either preventing the house from festering or trying to make myself look less of a feral dog.
The struggle of finding food to cook each night that is tasty, wholesome and not a spag bol is real. Who has time for cookery books anymore?! I have a May issue of Asda’s magazine on the kitchen counter that I picked up in the hopes of finding some fun meal ideas and I haven’t even opened it. Well, I did have it on the kitchen counter… now it is in the recycling bin mocking me and my inability to sit down and read it.
And that is why I have found Mums Meal Planner so amazing. Founder Becky has come up with this brilliant website that provides a weekly evening meal plan for the family, complete with shopping list and full recipes which are designed to take the stress out of making meals and doing the food shop. The woman is an absolute angel and her genius idea has saved me so much time, energy and even some pennies on my food bill too!
I used to just run to the supermarket a few times a week, either without a list or with a very vague one scribbled onto the back of a utility bill envelope or something, and I got stuck in a complete rut of cooking the same things over and over (like I said, spag bol anyone??*). But now I can simply download the shopping list via the emailed meal plan provided by the site and off I go! It saves me from buying foods for the sake of it, I am now looking forward to cooking every night and as well as saving some pennies it has even helped me lose some pounds in weight due to the healthiness of the meals on the planner.
And healthy doesn’t have to mean not tasty or leave you feeling deprived. All of the meals I have made have been delicious and have even gone down well with our fussiest eater in the family, little 2.5yr old Teddy. I made a delicious vegetable curry one evening, for example, and he loved it!
Lots of yummy ideas from pasta bakes to burritos!
My favourite was making homemade burgers though. They were delicious and so simple to make!
All the meals provided on the planner are aimed at being appealing for all the family and it has encouraged all of us to try new foods with some brilliant results.
Subscriptions cost a mere £2.50 per month or £25 for the year and the plans also cater for vegetarians too. Each meal plan works on a six meal rotation to cover your meals needed for the week as well as a couple of extra recipes that are provided as substitutes if any on the initial plan don’t appeal to you and your family. I’ve found that I usually love the two extra meal options as well though, most of the time, so I use them after the six day rotation has ended and theoretically have then used an eight meal rotation, if that makes sense? The meal plan is delivered every Wednesday morning into my inbox with a lovely little update from Becky which keeps everything more personal and less robotic. Plus the fact it arrives promptly in the morning on a Wednesday is great because food shopping mid week is always easier and quieter. Not to mention that all the meals are designed to not take too long to prep and cook so you won’t have to leave things to marinate overnight or liquidise in the slow cooker for 8000 hours or whatever. The whole concept has been such a great influence on our everyday routine and I feel like my love and enjoyment of cooking has been restored. Hurrah!
* Spag Bol is still a firm favourite in the household but everyone seems a lot happier that it isn’t being served every other night of the week now!