Whether you want to revamp familiar recipes, take the food groups approach, or gather inspiration for a new recipe, it’s a good idea to pick out a few meals for the week or the next few days. Plan out what days you know you’ll have time to cook/prep. Plan for leftovers, too! Keep in mind you can always double recipes or freeze the extras for another day.
Once you have a few solid ideas, write out a grocery list and head to the store, or order your ingredients online for delivery. Once you have your groceries, you may find it helpful to prep some foods in advance, such as pre-cooking your proteins and grains or washing and chopping your veggies.
Though it may be intimidating at first, meal planning and prep gets easier with time as you gain a better understanding of how much to cook and what your usual routine looks like. You got this!