Saturday, December 13, 2014

Planning Ahead for Meals

There's one thing that stresses me out more than any other - meal planning.  There are a tremendous number of resources online so it shouldn't stress anyone out, right?  Um, wrong.

When I am planning meals for the week, there is usually a conversation going on in my head.  Is that recipe big enough, will I need to double it?  Those ingredients sound pricey, I want to be more frugal this week.  That recipe looks like it takes a lot preparation.  I'm looking for a recipe that gets me in and out of the kitchen quickly.

On top of all of that, my family tries to eat plant-based about 90% of the time (when we eat at home) and I am constantly checking to see if a recipe or food fits in with the plan we follow.  Will all of that in my head, I get my pencil and paper and then stare at the computer screen as if I don't know what to do.

But I have a plan!  In 2013, I did a series on my personal blog, called:  31 Days of Plant-Based Menu's.  That was when I realized that I really did have more food in my aresenal I had thought.  Now I keep a running list of meals we can eat and enjoy and add new foods to it all the time.  The printable that I am sharing with you today is just a very simple way to make your list.  I have a space for breakfast, lunch and dinner because sometimes I deliberately do not plan lunch or breakfast because I will "just find something" and that never goes well.  Food choices might be sparse or gone completely.  Having a plan and buying food for every meal will avert disaster and maybe even give you a buffer.

1 comment:

  1. Hope you're feeling better now. That red planner is lovely! I got myself a pocket Filofax for Christmas and the wait is torturous.