Meal Plan #ballinonabudget: PICK A THEME

Meal Plan #ballinonabudget: PICK A THEME
We are technically leaving town this week to go to the beach with dear friends, but I thought it could be a good opportunity to talk through an aspect that can be very helpful when it comes to meal planning on a budget. What is that aspect? PICK A THEME!
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When you pick a theme, it allows you to utilize a more expensive ingredient in multiple meals or can help justify the amount of time it takes to make a homemade ingredient. For instance, whipping up tzatziki for one meal seems like a pain, but for 3 meals seems totally worth it! (But for the record, I bought this; it’s @cedars brand and it’s delicious). Either way, I think when you plan for a theme it allows you to use all of the special ingredients without wasting any.
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Also, a theme can help “reign in” an overzealous meal plan/pinterest board (we’ve all been there). It can simplify things greatly and allow for less time in the kitchen overall. You can chop similar ingredients to be used in multiple meals all at once.
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Last week was Greek week at our house and the meals were delicious! I made a super simple shredded chicken in the crock pot using EVOO, sea salt, cracked pepper, and garlic powder. This was then added to countless meals. I also made a large batch of orzo and purchased @organicgirl romaine hearts at the store.
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Special purchases specific to THE THEME: tzatziki and feta (could have also done red pepper, olives, the list goes on…you can go all out or keep it simple!)
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Next time you go to make a grocery list, check the fridge/pantry first. Do you have some random ingredients that could be the beginning of a lovely theme?! Give it a go! If it fails (which I doubt it will), who cares? Remember, it’s just meal planning!