Meal planning, especially when grilling, is kind of like a game of checkers or chess - you need to be thinking a couple moves ahead.
There's meal planning for the moment - tonight's dinner - and there's meal planning for future meals.
When you're making dinner, think beyond the meal you're about to enjoy and knowing you need to put chicken on before the steak. When I'm talking meal planning, I'm talking about grilling more than you'll need for dinner, grill up multiple meals! Think about lunch the next day, leftovers for the fridge, future meals in the freezer. You're already prepped and ready to grill tonight's dinner, so take advantage of that charcoal heat, think a couple moves ahead. Doing little things like taking a couple pounds of hamburger out and making some patties to grill up along with that chicken or steak for dinner is meal planning for future lunch and dinner. Had a busy Monday and don't feel like fixing a big meal? No problem, cheese burgers it is!