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Meal Planning 101
Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 15, 2008 @ 11:32 am In Meal Planning | 8 Comments
So, we need to apply good principles to the management of our homes . One of those is to keep everyone well fed. As much as I enjoy a run through McDonald’s (or Chipotle or Taco Bell or Subway), making that a regular habit is not good for my family’s health or our budget. There’s no question that home-cooked meals are better for everyone. There’s plenty of research out there to suggest that eating dinner together at home as a family promotes all sorts of good growth in our kids and in our family dynamics. (Book reviews on this to follow in the coming weeks.)
If you don’t have a meal plan, you are more likely to: A. run through fast food way too often or B. run to the store everyday for ingredients. Both are bad for your time management and finances. You have to have a plan.
I usually do my planning after the Wednesday grocery store sales flyers come out. This give me time to plan and coordinate with my coupons and have us all stocked up before Sunday night hits. Everybody does it different, so I hope you feel freedom to find your way.
So, what are the basics to meal planning? I’ve done it a number of different ways over the past fourteen years of marriage. I love to cook, so I tend to mix it up a bit, just so I’m not bored. And I’ve probably not exhausted all the possibilities. I’ll be posting different approaches to meal planning over the next few weeks. There’s nothing new under the sun….so you may have heard this before. But, a refresher course is always helpful. Here are some basics to planning a week’s worth of dinners:
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