This week we are talking about meal planning. In the past we've talked about toddler snacking, organic Foods, and saving money on groceries, but one of our readers has offered an excellent question that expands our food topics even more. Check it out!
"Hi, this last post about coupons and grocery shopping has reminded me of a question I have forever had about meal plans and weekly/bimonthly shopping trips. I like to cook, but when it comes to planning full course meals on a regular basis, I am lacking. I can take a recipe and cook it up nice, but I haven't seemed to figure out how to do this on a constant basis. Besides simple and basic recipes which we are now very tired of, I feel like I don't even know where to begin. I think most of the problem is when I do plan a good meal, I go to the store to pick up the ingredients - just for that meal - and feel like I'm spending more than I would if we went out to dinner. Thus I feel like if I did this for multiple meals, I would be burning holes in my pockets. So my questions are:
How do you figure out your meal plans?
Do you always use recipes with similar ingredients close together so you can use those same ingredients over and over until they are done?
Do you have a basic meal plan that you use each week/month with slight variations? or is it always totally different?
What kind of recipes do you like to cook? Are they very simple and basic? or do you have more 'gourmet' recipes that you use?
How do you make it work that you aren't spending $100+ for one weeks worth of grocery? or is that what you spend?
Do you keep certain foods always on hand to throw into any recipe? if so, what are they?
What do you try to ALWAYS have in your cupboard or in your fridge?
Basically, what is your process of planning, preparing, and shopping for your meals?"
So help her out by answering the questions above! I think this is a wonderful topic and one that we've all had trouble with before.
Also - check out the post below on movie censorship with children. We haven't gotten very many responses and I think the topic is very pertinent. We need your responses to make the blog work!!
Thanks again for contributing and don't forget to e-mail us if you have a reader request!