How do you plan your meals?
Following the other post with an idea for menu planning, I thought we could share how we plan our weekly meals. We might even get some inspiration from each other.
I usually sit down on a sunday (I do my shopping on monday) and think about what I really fancy, whether it be on plan or off plan. Anything I really want, and if it happens to be off plan, I try to make it on plan by changing a few ingredients etc. Last week I had Pizza, Korma, fajitas, beef stroganoff amongst other things and just adjusted the ingredients or substituted one thing for something else. Once I have my meals sorted I make the list of ingredients and then can go shopping.
It really helps me stay on track because I don't ever feel like I can't have something I love to eat.
But I'm interested to see how everyone else works out their weekly meals.
I generally sit down on Sunday evening and plan our meals. Tis a bit complicated as I eat very little meat (and then only fish), but I cook meat for my husband and daughter. Basically I sit down and try to plan in a number of different types of meats and work from there. For example try to get in a chicken meal, pork meal, fish meal etc. As my diet is primarily vegetarian but my families not I chose meals that are easily adaptable.
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great thread, has given me some ideas of meal planning, can be hard as my partner has a gluten free diet. Think i need to sit down and plan my meals more, i used to go it a while ago nut stopped and got into lazy habits.
Me too a sunday planner. Takes me a while with 1 SW veggie, 1 SW meat eater and 1 fussy meat eater in need of GAINING weight!
I generally have my chart that i made up with days of the week across the top and HE and Breakfast, lunch, dinner, pudding and syns down the side.
I look through the cupboards to see what i have already, and find some meals to use that, i also find old favourites and some new recipes each week from books( not just SW books, i adapt a lot of recipes) I also choose meat dishes that can be quorn adapted for me. Hubby mostly does GREEN with HEB of meat.
I also plan the meals around my working, i work in the morning off in the middle of the day and back to work for the evening, so make dinner at lunch so i just have to re heat. so needs to be something that is happy to be left a few hours.
on nights i dont work, then we have maybe a more complicated, or make and serve imediatly meal. Or something more fancy that needs more time to prepare.
So i make the plan also depending on what HEs a meal may need, which is different for hubby and me, so bit of a jigsaw puzzle making everything fit!
once i have that all done, then make a list of ingredients and stuff for snacks etc i go shopping on my way home from work on a monday.
I drive past a sainsburys, tesco and asda on my way home and have been known to go to all 3!!
There is a pic of my planner here http://www.minimins.com/slimming-wor...ml#post2768594 (Weekly meal ideas)
Honestly, i don't. I just make sure i have plenty of free and superfree food in the house all the time, then i can have whatever i fancy. I have never been one for planning.
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I do the same - plan my meals on a Sunday and then do my shopping from that. I've also got into the habit of thinking each morning about what I'm going to eat that day. I don't plan it properly but I have an idea about what to have for lunch and tea, plus the syns I will have. I find it helps me keep on track. I'm very bad for going over my syns when I don't plan beforehand.
I do my shopping on a Saturday so tend to plan my week's meals on a Thursday/Friday.
I will go through my recipe collection from here, or some old mags or recipe books and pick a couple of new recipes I'd like to try, then throw in some old favourites as well as some batch cooking out of the freezer.
I don't often get the opportunity for mid-week top-up shops (maybe once a week) so need to make sure I've got enough in at the weekend.
BTW - I rarely stick to my plan lol but there is always enough in to make some variations and it makes me feel in control!
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I'm like shell y, I just go to the supermarket and pick up what I think I might fancy for the week and go from there. I live with someone who's not a vegetarian but doesn't eat much meat, and who's generally a faddy eater, so it makes it quite difficult! xxx
i plan on a thursday so i can call butcher on a friday and go to morrisons and butcher after work
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I'm with Shell_y I don't plan, I just get food in and enjoy it! lol
I plan my meals for the week , if i can pre-cook something i'll do it the Sunday night and bag & freeze them.. like my turkey sausages that i bring to work for breakfast . I can cook a whole batch the Sunday night and I'm set for the week, just pop them in the microwave. I find the most challenging is planning my snacks so I cut up all my veggies and prepare a fruit tray so when i open the fridge i have a healthy option to choose from. Planning meals is definitely part of a successful regimen..if everything is planned then I don't have to think about my meals and it avoids temptation.
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Me too, I plan meals for my family though and get them in as it helps cost wise but i just buy for myself what i would buy every week things like fruit, veg, lean meat, fish, cheese, milk etc and then i mix and match as and when i fancy. If i want a treat i buy daily as i aint got the willpower to leave them in a cupboard and not eat them all in one go so if i fancy a bar of chocolate i will buy say a kit kat and then spilt it into two give one half to my little one and i will have the other, keeps me in control.
Originally Posted by Shrimpy
im a monday night planner .. i weigh in wednesdays so my new weeks starts thurs, but have to do my food shop tues eve.
i make my list of meals, one i really fancy! .. then i make a list of the ingrediants i'l need.. as well as checking the cupboards so i dont double buy.. then.. i get really geeky..
i then make a third list, regrouping all my 'ingrediants' into order (dairy, meats, veg) and then in order of how they come up in the store.. for example the first bit i walk into is the fruit and veg, so then i have fruit and veg, then meats, then dairy and eggs, then tins and 'other' items such as fry lights etc.
hehehehe, im a looooser!
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