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.


  1. very helpful... post and blog!
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    Jeremy [iZombie]

  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!