You look at the clock, it's 4:00 pm and you think, “What the heck am I gonna make for dinner!?” Everyone is hungry and you have to throw something together, but what?? You search through the fridge and the pantry to make some sort of meal, or even worse, call for take out. It doesn't have to be this way. Ever.
Meal planning is an essential tool for every family. We all have to eat at least three times a day (with kids its more like 6-7 times!) so it's unavoidable. Without a plan meal times create a lot of stress. It's the time of day when the children are tired and hungry (and so are the parents!) so if you are searching around for some sort of meal it's no fun. On the other hand, if you have a meal in mind and the ingredients to make it, you can have in on the table in less then an hour.
A meal is on the table fast, everyone gets fed, and you're not stressed out. It's ideal.