Planning is the key to success in every area of your life. Healthy eating is no exception. I’ve learned that a few minutes of meal planning every week can completely transform getting food on the table into healthy and tasty eating in a flash.
Here is a quote from Thekitchn.com that presents a great perspective on meal planning:
“It's whatever way you organize yourself to cook a meal, whether that's breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is the plan you make before you shop. Some people plan a month in advance, freezing neatly-labeled packets of soup and stew. Others wing it, shopping for that evening's meal at the farmers' market and picking up whatever looks good to them. Meal planning is a really personal thing. What works for you may not work for me. The goal, I think, is to find a process that is both enjoyable and effective.”
Prepping can set the stage for making meals more fun! Many people enjoy the process of looking at picture of beautiful food, and reading through cookbooks or sites with awesome recipes or celebrity chefs. So start out looking for things that get your taste buds excited about meals.
1) Try something new
Most people prepare the same foods every week. This makes meal planning easy. It also makes meal eating boring. So pick an ingredient that you really like and try a new recipe. Talk to friends about recipes they like. Read through new cookbooks or go to websites like Pinterest that have great pictures of delicious foods. This will make eating, and playing in the kitchen, fun.
2) Save your new recipes
Find a place to save your recipes so you can remember what you would like to cook. When I get a new recipe I put Post-it notes in the book for the recipes I like. Then I spend the next couple of months cooking out of that book. It may be a bit old-fashioned, but it is a way that I fully enjoy my new book before I move on to another one.
3) Try new foods
I love going to the farmers’ market to see what is in season. Sometimes I end up with things that look interesting but that I have no idea how to cook.
15 Tips for Better Weekly Meal Planning. Thekitchn.com. 3 March 2016.
Eat More Plants, Dr. Daemon Jones, Healthydaes, 2014
Tips for Meal Planning. WhFoods.com. 8 Mar. 2016.