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Meal Planning for the Beginner
Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 13, 2010 @ 1:37 pm In Good Eats,Meal Planning | 28 Comments
Ready to make a meal plan? Some of you are expert at this and know how much time and money it can save you. You avoid a last-minute trip to the store. You bypass the Golden Arches on the way home at rush hour. You have an answer when a child asks, “What’s for dinner?”
But others aren’t really sure where to begin. You know there’s a better way. But you aren’t really sure what to do. You reassure yourself that “spontaneity” is so much more fun.
Yeah, well, honey, a spontaneous half hour spent in the “quick” check line with hungry toddlers is really not that much fun, is it?
I feel your pain. I’ve been there, too. Some days, despite all my grand schemes, I still find myself there. But, I know from experience, there is a better way.
So, here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to meal plan. Ready? You can totally do this. Promise.
That’s really all there is to it.
Here’s my plan for the week:
Sunday – Chicken Soft Tacos, Mexican Rice , Black Beans
Monday – Meatballs  and Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
Tuesday – Chile Chicken Bake, Beans and Rice , Green Salad
Wednesday – Grilled Fish , Home Fries , Green Salad, Garlic Swirl Biscuits 
Thursday – Grilled Chicken Salad, Cornbread
Friday & Saturday – Out of Town – Take Some Freezer Meals  to Share with the Grandparents
Feel like you’re committing your life to this meal plan? Don’t. The plan is there to serve you, to help you. You don’t have to follow the plan, but it’s there to guide you when you can’t think straight and need direction. Write it out in pencil and give your permission to erase or alter the plan as circumstances change. If there’s more than one chef in your home, consider planning more than 7 dinners so the other cooks in your kitchen have a little more flexibility in what they prepare on their cooking nights.
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