Meal Planning Tip & Our Allergy Home Meal Plan

I read recently where someone had decided to make meal planning one of their new year resolutions.  For reasons of eating out too much and living in an area where fresh produce is abundant, she decided to jump into this.  Her meal plan consisted of many new dishes, all of which looked very appetizing, for just about every day of the week.  While I find this resolution highly commendable as well as important, I want to caution new meal planners.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew!

You need to take it slow.  I see this as similar to exercise.  You should not expect your body to respond favorably to running 5 or 10 miles when it has set dormant for many years.  You have to work up to running 5 or 10 miles.  Similarly, you have to work up to a routine of meal planning and new recipe attempts or you will get burnt out — fast!

Now, I do not want to discourage anyone from meal planning.  Like I said above and what I have said before, meal planning is very beneficial to your health and your wallet.  Just be careful that you don’t expect to make seven new meals every night from the get go.  You will burn out!  Take it slow and easy.  (More to come on this topic.)

( has some great tips for when meal planning doesn’t go as planned.)


Our Food Allergy Meal Plan for the Week of January 29, 2012

Sunday:  Prime Rib sandwiches (leftover from an amazing chunk of meat that was given to us), Chips & Salsa, Hummus

Monday:  Chicken Soup with Spinach Salad

Tuesday:  Pork Tenderloin, Brown Rice, Brown Butter & Maple Brussels Sprouts with Pecans (using coconut oil instead of butter)

Wednesday:  Lentil Stew with Sausage

Thursday:  Honey Sauced Chicken

Friday:  Potato Wedge Nachos with Ground Beef

Saturday:  Refrigerator Round-up (leftovers)

Dessert:  Gluten-Free Blueberry Cobbler taken from a recipe I’m featuring tomorrow on Allergy-Free Wednesdays — don’t forget to check it out!

Do you have a meal plan this week? I’d love to hear what you’ll be serving on your table.

Be sure to stop in to Allergy-Free Wednesdays tomorrow to link up a wonderful allergy-friendly recipe or peruse the treasure trove.

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8 Responses to Meal Planning Tip & Our Allergy Home Meal Plan

  1. Veronica says:

    Potato wedge nachos sound yummy! I will have to give that a try (we have nachos almost every Sunday – I just did a post about it!) Do you just bake the potato wedges before you add all the toppings? Or boil them for a little and then put them in the oven?

    • Cook says:

      I don’t believe I’ve actually done the nachos with potato wedges before. When I make basic wedges, I just cut them pretty thick, put oil on them and spices, then bake on 375-400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until done. I make sure to stir them around a couple of times. We love them! I have done the potato nachos with thick round slices. That works really well too! I usually do these kind of meals on Friday nights — kid favorites and easy on mom.

  2. Kristen says:

    I’m trying to get better at this. It’s hard! Good advice, though to start slow. We usually eat meat a few times a week, but I’m trying to cook more with beans as the main course. Tonight we’re having black beans, rice, chips and salsa. I would love to get to a place where I write it down instead of keeping it all in my head. Accountability!

    • Cook says:

      Until about 5 months ago, I typically did the “meal plan in my head” method. It worked okay, but nothing compared to how it works now by publishing it here every week. It’s like a strange sort of accountability, although nobody who is reading it know where I keep up with it or not. It helps to have it all laid out though. And I am extremely flexible with it. You could try a run posting it on your blog 🙂 There are a number of sites out there too who have linky parties for meal plans on Mondays.

  3. Amber says:

    Great tip!! I’m an obsessive meal planner. I have 7 to 10 easy (seasonal) dinners that I rotate through the month and seasons. Weekends are often a little more flexible and we change it up, or go out for dinner once in a while. But meal planning is a HUGE money saver for our family. Without planning I would be running to my Coop everyday, spending way too much money picking up extra stuff along the way. I know myself. The less I’m at the store, the less I will buy!


    • Cook says:

      Ditto what you said! When you cook with specialty food, whether for food allergies, coop, etc., preparedness is key to success!

  4. Allison Walton says:

    I just put our newest menu up. I did too many days last week. Inevitably we have at least 2 days a week where we eat out. Usually it is Thursday, because I work, and then we go to house church. It was nice, though, because I already had the ingredients for those meals, so I just moved them to this week. I’m learning as I go, but it’s definitely good for me to write stuff out.

    • Cook says:

      I think eating out 2 days a week is fantastic. To be honest, I wish I had that luxury 🙂 You’re doing a great job; it’s good to be flexible. Keep up the good work!

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