I plan out our meals for the week.
I take one evening a week (2 hours after supper) to create a 7 day meal plan, collect needed recipes and make a shopping list.
Oh my, you might say! An evening… is it worth it?
Yes! Yes! Yes!
- Meal planning saves you money. You buy what you need. Fewer random purchases.
- You use what you have. Less waste.
- Less running to the store (or a neighbours) for that one ingredient you ‘forgot’ or didn’t have on your shelf
- Meal planning helps you eat wisely and with the best nutrition in mind for your family. Less out of the box or frozen dinners
- Meal planning helps meal prep be less stressful, rushed. It becomes creative and thoughtful.
- Meal planning encourages variety. One beef, two chicken dishes, one vegetarian night, Mexican fiesta and so on. No repeats of ‘spaghetti again?’
- It encourages curious ‘palates’. New flavours, new side dishes. Try a few… hey if one out of five is a hit – you’ve acquired a new taste.
To make a plan, I use favourite meals, include side dishes, explore new ideas on the internet and ask Darling Daughter and Hubby if there is anything they crave. I save the menus on the computer, until I have six weeks, then I reuse them. To add variety, I change up two main meals we have done before and omit other ideas we didn’t enjoy or simply failed.
Here is an example of Meal Plan #1.
As you can see: green = good, yellow = modify, red = nope.
Good eats that we have prepared at home make the blog.
Not all recipes I plan and cook and take pictures of do. For instance, we made a catfish recipe this week. It sounded delish and I know we love catfish. However upon eating it everyone agreed it was bland. Adding spice is not necessarily the answer. Fresh ingredients more often than a spice will make a meal increasingly appetizing. So that recipe has been rejected and you will not be subjected to it. Instead I’m off in search of a new catfish dish.
Plan ahead, look around at other healthy blogs, communicate with your family, stick to your shopping list and enjoy making meals.