Mum creates genius meal planning board using lollipop sticks to make dinner decisions easier

Metro Lifestyle 0 month ago
The box of sticks and the homemade board
The box of sticks and the homemade board (Picture: Lou Kirsty Yeoman)

Not sure what to have for dinner? This mum has a genius solution to take the hassle out of meal planning.

Lou Kirsty Yeoman created a board and wrote a selection of all her favourite meals on lollipop sticks.

Each week she picks out seven sticks at random and clips them onto the board.

The rule is that whatever the sticks says goes and she can go out and buy all the ingredients.

Options include chicken orzo, crispy chilli beef, fajita, pasta bake, rogan josh, nachos, spag bol and campfire stew.

The mum-of-two runs a business printing vinyl stickers so she was able to print out the days of the week in gold lettering, but you can pick up similar stickers online.

The box of lolly sticks for meal planning
She filled the box with all her family’s favourite dishes (Picture: Lou Kirsty Yeoman)

She stuck them to a board painted black, added some screws and string to hang the board and stuck clicks beside each day using pins.

She then gathered up the sticks and wrote all the meals she knows the family likes on them in pen.

After spotting the idea on a Slimming World group, she decided to use it to create a plan for all the family dinners.

The meal planning board
She made the board herself (Picture: Lou Kirsty Yeoman)

She posted the board on the Organise my UK home Facebook group and said: ‘This has made life so much easier. No thinking what to make every day pick a stick and that’s what we are having.’

People commented on the post to say they loved the meal planning board.

One said: ‘That’s a great idea.’

Another added: ‘I’m planning to do something like this for jobs around the house for the kids. Never thought of doing one for meals too.’

She’s not the only one doing a little DIY – earlier this week, we brought the story of the mum who created an incredible play house under the stairs for her daughter for under £100.

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