The 4-Week Meal Planning Problem: January 2024

january meal planning challenge 2024.january meal planning challenge 2024.

The subsequent spherical of the annual PMP 4-Week Meal Planning Problem begins January seventh, 2024!

Do you end up ranging from zero on dinner extra usually than you’d like? Are you getting uninterested in close to every day journeys to the shop for components you forgot? Or are you merely making an attempt to scale back your food waste by planning forward?

I’ve an concept and I believe you need to give it a strive… it’s known as meal planning! Whether or not you’re a newbie who desires some incentive and help to realize a brand new behavior, or an skilled meal planner who desires to leap again in, this problem is for you!

I problem you to plan every week’s meals
forward of time for 4 weeks in a row.

Sure! That’s it! Plan your meals forward of time for 4 weeks in a row, do your finest to observe the meal plans you create, and see what occurs. It’s so simple as that.

Why take part on this meal planning problem?

This problem is a FREE, low effort, tremendous easy method to give meal planning a shot. This problem is for any consuming type, any dietary wants, and any schedule. The aim is to make it work for YOU.

With slightly little bit of observe by, meal planning may help you save time, spend much less cash on the grocery retailer, scale back meals waste, and extra.

Previous problem contributors have stated that meal planning has made for much less stress round meal instances, and fewer asking “what’s for dinner?” from the household. That sounds fairly nice to me!

Who ought to take part on this problem?

  • anybody who desires to avoid wasting money and time
  • meal planning novices
  • skilled meal planners who need get again into the swing
  • anybody who has questions on meal planning
  • residence cooks who want meal concepts
  • anybody who desires to see how different individuals plan their meals

The way to take part within the meal planning problem:

  1. Join the Mission Meal Plan E-mail Record. That is how you’ll obtain updates concerning the problem.
  2. Be a part of the Project Meal Plan Facebook Group. That is the place you’ll share your weekly meal plans every week.
  3. Each Sunday throughout the problem, I’ll ship you an e mail with a reminder to share your weekly meal plan within the Fb Group. The Week 1 e mail will arrive Sunday, January seventh, 2024. 
  4. Weekly meal plans may be posted within the Fb group from Sunday, whenever you obtain the e-mail, to the next Saturday at 11:59PM PST. This implies you could have all week to share! Your meal plan may be any days of the week – it doesn’t need to be M-F. Plan in keeping with your personal schedule! 
  5. Your meal plan put up will depend as your entry to the weekly prize drawing. After every week is over, I’ll randomly choose a winner from everybody that posted their meal plan. 

Be a part of the problem by signing up for the Mission Meal Plan e mail listing right here:

What does my meal plan have to seem like?

I’m very versatile on the necessities of your meal plan – the purpose is to do what is going to aid you probably the most. You’re welcome to make use of both of my Weekly Meal Planner Template PDFs when you want a spot to begin.

Listed here are the final tips for submitting your meal plan into the problem:

  • Plan 3 meals per day for no less than 5 days of the week. Repeat meals are completely okay. Plan in keeping with your schedule – it doesn’t need to be Monday-Friday.
  • Your meal plan may be any format you favor, together with pen & paper, screenshot of your cellphone, or spreadsheet type.
  • Your meal plan can use any type you favor, together with arrows, colour coding, bullet journal type, just about something goes!
  • Please put in slightly effort and don’t enter actual duplicate meal plan photographs you could have already posted.
meal plan entry guidelines image with text.meal plan entry guidelines image with text.

The way to put up your weekly meal plan:

To enter, add a photograph or screenshot of your weekly meal plan to the Project Meal Plan Facebook Group after the entry interval has opened for the week (you’ll get an e mail reminder!).

You do not want so as to add any phrases or description, however please be at liberty to share and focus on your recipes and meals in your meal plan. I all the time add hyperlinks to any recipes I’ll be making throughout the week, however it’s not a requirement.

RULES to enter weekly prize drawings:

  • You wouldn’t have to take part each week, although one of the simplest ways to construct a brand new behavior is to be constant!
  • You’ll be able to leap into the problem throughout the center! Once more, no have to take part each week if it’s not attainable for you.
  • Don’t put up the identical EXACT image of the identical meal plan each week. The purpose of this problem is to construct a brand new behavior. To try this, you’ll truly need to put in slightly time each week to put in writing your meal plan!
  • NEW this yr: The weekly shipped prizes are solely open to residents within the U.S. and Canada. Nevertheless, when you win the drawing and dwell abroad, I’ll ship you an reward card of the equal price of the prize.
  • To remain within the spirit of the problem, I encourage you to do your finest to observe the meal plan you create for your self. Whereas this isn’t required for entry into the drawing, it would actually aid you see the advantages of meal planning!

Join the Mission Meal Plan e mail listing to hitch the problem:

Vital dates for the problem:

You don’t have to recollect these, simply use this as a reference! One prize drawing will happen every week throughout the 4 week problem.

Listed here are the dates for every week and approximate dates for the prize drawings for the January 2024 Meal Planning problem:

January seventh: Begin of meal planning problem; Begin of Week 1
January thirteenth: Finish of Week 1
January 14th: Week 1 Prize Drawing; Begin of Week 2
January twentieth: Finish of Week 2
January twenty first: Week 2 Prize Drawing; Begin of Week 3
January twenty seventh: Finish of Week 3
January twenty eighth: Week 3 Prize Drawing; Begin of Week 4
February third: Finish of Week 4; Finish of meal planning problem
February 4th: Week 4 Prize Drawing & Grand Prize Drawing!

**I do know January seventh looks as if a late begin, however that is the place the primary Sunday in January lands in 2024. Possibly we’ll do a observe week for a mini prize! 😉**

What are the prizes going to be??

Throughout this meal planning problem, I’ll be freely giving a prize EVERY week! You’ll be entered for the week when you’ve posted your weekly meal plan by Saturday at midnight.

NEW this yr: 🎉GRAND PRIZE🎉 of $150 reward card!! You can be entered into this drawing when you take part within the problem for all 4 weeks.

Right here’s the prize schedule for this yr’s Meal Planning Problem (affiliate hyperlinks to Amazon – all prizes will probably be shipped from there):

Week 1 Prize: Set of 2-Cup Souper Cubes Trays – I personal this set plus others, and I exploit them consistently! That is my secret to freezing meals, and this measurement is finest for freezing entire meals, in my view.

Week 2 Prize: Set of two Meal Prep Cookbooks – Our traditional cookbook prize: The Ultimate Meal Prep Cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen, together with a brand new cookbook launched in 2023: Meal Prep Magic: Time-Saving Tricks for Stress Free Cooking by Catherine McCord.

Week 3 Prize: $40 Present Card so you may decide your personal prize!!

Week 4 Prize: Set of 4 Rubbermaid Brilliance Glass Food Storage Containers – This set of lovely glass containers is ideal for Lunch meal prep, dinner part prep, or actually any type of meal prep you need!

dark haired woman pointing at meal plan on fridge.dark haired woman pointing at meal plan on fridge.

If you happen to nonetheless aren’t satisfied…

Right here’s what some previous contributors needed to say concerning the problem!

  • “I appreciated the time frame- sufficient to make it a routine (behavior) simply not a frightening prolonged dedication.” – Terry
  • “I had fallen off the meal planning wagon and was grateful for the problem getting me again into the behavior.” – Martine
  • “I believe the best way this problem was organized was excellent. It was an effective way for first timers like me.” – Brittani
  • “Seeing different individuals as enthusiastic about meal planning as I’m! Additionally love all of Danielle’s suggestions and recipes.” – Jen

I’ll be meal planning with you each week!

E-newsletter subscribers already see my weekly meal plan together with a couple of meal plan recipe concepts of their inbox each week.

In the course of the January Meal Planning Problem, I’ll be sharing my weekly meal plan within the Fb group too, in addition to recipes and meal prep concepts. That is the time of yr when our Fb Group is probably the most energetic!

You probably have any questions, merely reply to any of my emails, go away a remark right here, or head to the Facebook group! Can’t wait to leap in and see how meal planning helps you and your loved ones!

Join the Mission Meal Plan e mail listing to hitch the problem:

Get began now with my prime meal planning assets:

danielle with leaves graphic.danielle with leaves graphic.

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