Please to welcome Marianne. She’s a lifer up in herre and without her comment’couragement Im not sure Id still be blogging.
Hello, and welcome to MY kitchen.
There’s food here, LOTS of food. I cook for my 2 sons (11 & 13) and husband. I’m not a big fan of packaged foods, and 9 times out of 10 I get sick after eating at restaurants. Today’s guest post is about meal planning, why it’s important now, and why it’s important for the future.
The “now” part is easy.
By planning meals there is always something healthy on hand to eat. I don’t care if the meal is as simple as a head of romaine and a can of tuna, if I haven’t planned for it and it’s not in the house, I’m going to be forced to make a choice, and chances are it won’t be the best choice.
I took two days and wrote down everything I ate, one day just grabbing, and one day being mindful of balance. Check out why I’m now defending a low carb diet.
From an economical stand-point, meal planning makes sense. There’s no point buying something when you don’t have a definite plan to cook it.
When my friend moved last year, I cleaned out her freezer, and it was filled with frost covered food that she never really needed. Probably $100 went into the trash—freezer burn is forever.
Plus, when you have a plan, you don’t go to the superstore every other day. Let’s be honest, those people who put up the sale flags have our number and they can make us buy – avoidance is our only hope.
Cooking at home can be very satisfying, you just need a good collection or recipes; they don’t have to be super involved. Chicken can go from Italian to Mediterranean just by varying the spices and herbs.
When you enjoy eating at home, going out becomes a treat rather than a fall back. The rant about high prices at restaurants when they load us up with cheap empty cards must be saved for another time…
About the future?
We’ve talked about diabetes in the comments before. Eating well now – either making drastic changes, or being on the road to permanent changes in eating habits, can make a big difference in whether we use or retirement funds (yeah, I know) for medical care or living it up.
Marianne is a survivor of the 1970s packaged foods assault. Growing up on a steady diet of Dinty Moore beef stew, Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese, and Libby’s Fruit Float, she took over the job of family meals upon learning that real ham did not slurp out of a can in a scary pink teardrop.
Meal Mixer is an attempt to bring real food into the kitchen, while realizing that sometimes real life requires a can opener.