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Meal Planning Tips

Here are some pro tips to help you customize the perfect meal plan.

Click on what you want to do.

Plan for leftovers and cook less often

Schedule slow cooker or pressure cooker recipes

Plan for a quick make ahead breakfast and/or lunch

Schedule a few hours for batch cooking

Plan for leftovers and cook less often

To do this, you will need to customize yourSchedule:

  • Click onSettings
  • SelectMy Meal Plan or Whole30 Meal Plan
  • This opens the Diet and Schedule page where you can specify dietary restrictions as well as make adjustments to your schedule
  • Using the slider, select the number of days that you want dinner scheduled
    • Be sure to adjust your lunches as well since you will be using leftovers and won’t need a recipe scheduled
  • Click the box next toleftoversif you want the planner to automaticallydouble the number of servings for the dinner recipes
  • ClickSaveif you are done making changes

Schedule slow cooker or pressure cooker recipes

To do this, you will need to customize yourSchedule:

  • Click onSettings
  • SelectMy Meal Plan or Whole30 Meal Plan
  • This opens the Diet and Schedule page where you can specify dietary restrictions as well as make adjustments to your schedule
  • ClickAdvanced scheduling
  • Click onFilternext to the meal for which you want to customize
  • Click on Tags in the window that pops up
  • Select the Slow Cooker/Crock Pot or Pressure Cooker tag
  • Click Add
  • Once you are done making changes to your filters, click Save

Pro tip – Other options in the Tagsfilter that may be helpful:

  • Simple, which includes recipes that use fewer ingredients and take less time to make
  • Make-Ahead Breakfast for grab and go breakfasts
  • Freezable to help with batch cooking
  • Kids, which might have more familiar ingredients
  • You can alsocreate your own tagsto use for scheduling in the Filters

Plan for a quick make ahead breakfast and/or lunch

To do this, you will need to customize yourSchedule:

  • Click onSettings
  • SelectMy Meal Plan or Whole30 Meal Plan
  • This opens the Diet and Schedule page where you can specify dietary restrictions as well as make adjustments to your schedule
  • Click Advanced scheduling
  • Click onFilternext to the breakfast you want to customize
    • Click on Tags in the window that pops up
    • Some suggested options to consider:
      • Select the Active Time filter
        • Select the appropriate timeframe
        • Usually <= 15 min works for fast options
      • Select the Make Ahead Breakfast tag
        • A good option for heat and eat breakfasts
      • Schedule a specific recipe
        • Begin typing the name of the recipe in the Enter Recipe box
        • When the recipe you want pops up, select it
        • Click the +
  • Click on the Filter next to the lunch you want to customize
    • Schedule a specific recipe
      • Begin typing the name of the recipe in the Enter Recipe box
      • When the recipe you want pops up, select it
      • Click the +
    • Create your own packable lunch tagto apply to recipes
      • Schedule those recipes by adding the tag you created in the filter for that meal
  • Click Add
  • Once you are done making changes to your filters, click Save

Schedule a few hours for batch cooking

The most common way to set up batch cooking:

  • Open the Meal Planner
  • Manually drag all of the recipes that you want to cook on your big cooking day to that day
  • Add a note on the day that you plan to eat each recipe
    • Click the + on the day you want to add a note
    • Select the meal
    • Type your note
    • Click Add

An alternative way to set up batch cooking is to use one main recipe that you can eat for several meals during the week:

  • Click onSettings
  • SelectMy Meal Plan or Whole30 Meal Plan
  • Click Advanced scheduling
  • Click onFilternext to the meal you want to customize
    • Schedule a specific recipe
      • Begin typing the name of the recipe in the Enter Recipe box
      • When the recipe you want pops up, select it
      • Click the +

Pro tip – Some options in the Tagsfilter that may also be helpful:

  • Simple, which includes recipes that use fewer ingredients and take less time to make
  • Make-Ahead Breakfast for grab and go breakfasts
  • Freezable to help with batch cooking
  • Kids, which might have more familiar ingredients
  • You can alsocreate your own tagsto use for scheduling in the Filters

Here is an example of how a bulk cooking plan could be set up:

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That might translate into something like this in your Meal Planner:

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We are available in chat to help you rock your meal planning or you can send us an email on support at realplans dot com.

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