Planning out every meal you make in advance can help streamline your day, but it still takes time to do all that planning. Instead, try a modular approach to your meals that let you cook a variety of meals without as much scheduling.
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As minimalist site The Art of Simple explains, one way to do this is to use a simple formula: pair one protein with one or two veggies. Most recipes don't necessarily need a lot of complex steps in order to make a delicious meal. Pairing a chicken breast with some corn isn't anymore complicated than making a plate of fish and potatoes.
However, this modular approach allows you to work with what you have, rather than planning each meal out individually. As long as you have a couple veggies around and some kind of meat or protein, you can mix and match to create a meal.
These simplified meals can also take less time. You can adjust your formula however you like. The point isn't to stick to one or two static meals but, much like using a capsule wardrobe to simplify your clothing choices, the idea is to make your choices easier so you can spend less time planning and more time getting other things done.
Meal non-planning: another approach to family dinners [The Art of Simple]