Friday, April 15, 2011

M = Meal Planning

When I was growing up my best friend’s Mom use to have a desk calendar on her kitchen wall so she could plan what they were going to have for dinner for the whole month. I could never understand why someone would want to plan out meals that far in advance. Even though it made it very convenient for my friend and I when we were deciding who’s house we wanted to eat at that night.

I always told myself when I grew up, I would never do that. I would decide what I was going to have for dinner that night. And I would go to the store after work and buy it. Needless to say, going to the store after a long day of work everyday got old quick.

The more I thought about it, I realized my best friend’s Mom was on to something (after all these years, she still uses a desk calendar). Now I try to plan at least two weeks in advance and do all my shopping for those two weeks in one trip.

Here are a few tips to make your meal planning a success:
  • First and foremost, be realistic. The sooner you accept the fact you aren’t going to want to make a home cooked meal every night the better off you will be. Don’t be afraid to buy those frozen pizzas, fish sticks and family size lasagnas.
  • Second thing to keep in mind is to buy what you eat and eat what you buy. If you know you aren’t going to make and/or eat fish then don’t buy it. You might be able to fool others into thinking you eat healthy, but you can’t fool yourself. It’s just going to be a waste of time and money for you.
  • Last, and certainly not least, it’s okay to pull the ole switch-a-roo. If the calendar says chicken and rice and you feel like steak and potatoes, it’s okay to eat that. Life isn’t set in stone and neither is dinner.

2 comments:

  1. very helpful... post and blog!
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    Jeremy [iZombie]
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  2. Good choice for M! I am the world's worst planner, I always pretend I am going to start doing it, but then don't. Maybe your tips will give me some motivation!

    Have a great weekend!

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