Simple Meal Planning
Choose foods you know your family will like and are within your budget. The meal planner is just a guide. For example: if your family likes cooked carrots instead of broccoli, make that change in the menu and shopping list.
Look for fruits and vegetables in season. See our NH Harvest Season Chart or check out Fruits and Veggies More Matters seasonal charts. They usually cost less. If other vegetables and fruits are less expensive use them instead.
Cook several main dishes when you have more time like on a weekend. Make soups, stews, or casseroles to freeze for the next week. Cook extra food as "plan-overs" for later use.
Do some tasks ahead. Wash and trim vegetables, cook noodles for a pasta salad or cook ground meat for tacos a few hours ahead or the day before you need them. This can save you lots of time during busy weekday evenings. Always refrigerate cut vegetables and cooked food right away.
Think about color. Colorful meals are more appealing to eat.