In my new blog series “Making Meal Planning Manageable,” I’ll be posting bimonthly with tips and tricks to take the stress out of (and possibly put the fun back into) planning meals.
We all experience it from time to time — that dread of trying to create a weekly menu that satisfies every palate in the house. Even as a dietitian I suffer from lack of inspiration in this area at times. (And I only have three mouths to feed!) Then the other day as I was researching new recipes to try, I came across some of the meal plans created by Maryann at Raise Healthy Eaters. In her home, she assigns dinner or food themes to certain days of the week to simplify the meal planning process.
I decided to give it a go, so here are the food themes we’re going to try:
When selecting food themes for dinners at your house, try to keep your family’s preferences and schedule in mind. Remember, the goal of this is to simplify the meal planning process, not complicate it. If you feel that your family is getting tired of certain theme night, try switching it up every month or with the changing seasons. Here are some more ideas for theme dinner nights:
Here’s our dinner meal plan for the week of January 25-31:
Monday: Chicken & Black Bean Enchilada Casserole
Tuesday: Spaghetti + Homemade Meatballs with Garden Salad
Wednesday: French Toast with fruit + Scrambled Eggs
Thursday: Still waiting on this one…!
Friday: Lemon Pepper Salmon + Broccoli + Brown Rice
Saturday: Pesto, Roasted Tomato Pizza + Caesar Salad
Sunday: Tomato Tortellini Soup
What do you think? Have you ever tried this method of meal planning using food themes? What worked and what didn’t work? Let me know in the comment section below!
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