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.)
(Orgjunkie.com 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.
Meal Plan shared at orgjunkie.com.