One of the most important things we can do to stay healthy is have a plan for our meals. This keeps us out of the fast food drive through, and out of the “prepared/processed” food aisle in the grocery store.
The most dangerous types of food we can eat on a regular basis is the food that is processed for us because they typically contain too much sodium, preservatives and other unhealthy ingredients. So how do we make a plan? There are several basic steps that make planning a whole lot easier and more successful, especially if we are serving more than just ourself.
- Get family input. It doesn’t pay to plan meals that others won’t eat.
- Compile recipes. Start with those used most frequently and are the most comfortable to prepare.
- Grab the calendar. When will you eat out? When will you need to pack a meal? What day will you have more time to prepare a more involved meal?
- Get a worksheet or pad of paper. Plan out the dinners, for sure, lunches if necessary, and breakfast ideas that suit the weekly schedule.
- Shop the kitchen. What meat is in the freezer? What other ingredients are on hand.
- Make a grocery list. Whether shopping ourselves or ordering for pick up or delivery, we need the ingredients.
- Notate when to thaw or pre-prep items. Thaw burgers the night before, load a crock pot insert, chop veggies or portion fruit. Planning these steps prevents the mad dash to grab or prep things when trying to get out the door, or from having to pick up dinner because we didn’t thaw the meat.
*Many years ago, I wrote a meal planning book entitled “Mom, What’s For Dinner?” The concepts of meal planning have remained the same and served the readers well. It has helpful additional information and a duplicatable worksheet. If you would like to purchase a copy, or purchase my ready made Simply Nourished meal plans, visit my website at nourishednestedandblessed.com.