It can be all too easy to fall into a slump at the end of a long day when you are lacking the energy to cook the meal you had planned for the night. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You are not a failure. You are a hardworking, determined person and you need to be kind to yourself. Make meal planning work for you, not the other way round.
Here are the 3 ways to create a simple weekly meal plan when you lack motivation at the end of long days
The KEY to successful meal planning when you are lacking motivation at the end of long days is to give yourself nights off. Sounds too good to be true, right? But it is not. First, start by writing a list of your schedule, to see where you have the most spare time.
On the days that you have more time than others, bulk cooking is your friend. Opt for freezer friendly meals, and make as much as you can of the one meal you are planning on eating on that night. Freeze the rest in single portion sizes. Then, when you are lacking the energy after a long day, or you are simply struggling to get back into cooking after a takeaway or dinner out, you can simply reheat your dinner in a few minutes with minimal effort required.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Do you have a friend or a family member that loves cooking? You could ask them to prepare some meals ahead for you in exchange for some of the bulk cooking you have already made? That way, you both cook once, but both end up with two different meals.