Making meal plans is an essential step in preparing healthy and delicious meals. Start by jotting down the ingredients that you have in your kitchen, as well as those that have a short shelf life. Then, start looking for recipes that use these ingredients. Don’t forget to include side dishes, such as roasted vegetables or salads.

Plan your meals

Meal planning helps you save money. If you plan ahead, you can take advantage of sales, coupons, and download grocery store apps. Buying meat and produce can be expensive without discounts. Buying staples in bulk will also save money.

Make a grocery list

When you make a grocery list, you make it easier to find all of the things you need. A well-organized list will help you avoid making impulsive purchases. It will also alert you to staples that need to be replenished. It’s a great way to stay on budget and have delicious meals.

Label food containers

One of the most helpful things to do when meal planning is to label your food containers. This is especially useful if you plan on freezing a lot of items. You can use a basic label or you can buy special labels designed for meal prep.

Buy in bulk

Before buying in bulk, make sure that you have a plan for how you will use the items. First, analyze your current purchasing habits, paying special attention to perishable foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and bakery goods. Next, determine how much of each item you’ll be using on a daily basis. This will help you determine whether or not you’ll have enough for your family.

Exemptions from meal plans

If you’re a student and have special dietary needs, you may qualify for exemptions from meal plans. To apply, contact the Office of Disability Services in Agnes Edwards Hall room 126. You’ll need to submit documentation from your physician, who will review it and approve the request if it contains the necessary information.

Montclair State’s meal plan

Montclair State University offers two types of meal plans. Both are based on meal swipes and dining dollars that can be redeemed in the dining halls throughout the semester. For resident students, the meal plan is mandatory, but non-resident students can opt out if they prefer.