Planning meals

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I started dating my husband when I was seventeen, and one thing I remember is being at his house and seeing a menu for the week on the refrigerator. My mother-in-law was an excellent meal planner. For each night of the week, she’d specified a main dish, vegetable and dessert. I wondered how long it took her to plan her meals for the week. Where do I look for recipes-recipe sites, Pinterest, Twitter, recipe books, Kindle recipe books? Well, if planning meals sounds overwhelming, I have some basic measures to help get you started.

• Pick dishes that your family enjoys.

I like to ask my daughter and husband what they need to consume and then put a healthy spin on it. My daughter loves mashed potatoes, so I have discovered a mashed cauliflower recipe which we can have regularly that will satisfy her mashed potato craving.

• Save recipes from the internet in one place.

I like to save the recipes to Pinterest, so then I have one location where they are stored, and I can find them easily.

• Go meatless once weekly.

Once per week, experiment with a new meatless recipe. Meatless Mondays will help you save money and your loved ones might find a new favorite food. Lentils, black beans, chickpeas and brown rice are favorites in my house.

• Use recipes that share ingredients.

If you have a recipe that calls for mushrooms, use mushrooms in another recipe, that way half the container of mushrooms will not be left to wilt in the refrigerator.

• Consider how much time you’ve got during the week.

If you have enough time to prep for the week, then about any recipe will work. However, if you’re very short on time, choose recipes that are simple to make. My family loves hummus wraps. They are healthy, delicious and can be made in a few minutes.

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