Raise your hand if you are frustrated with your meal planning and preparation. Is everyone raising their hand? I know I am. Especially now that it’s hot outside, I don’t feel like making anything.
It is important to me that we eat most of our meals at home. The family gathered around the dinner table is an important memory from my childhood. We almost always ate dinner together. We rarely ever ate out.
Things seem to be different now. We eat out way more frequently than I would really like to. I always have the best intentions to make dinner at home, but it doesn’t always happen that way. I have found that having a menu and a shopping list and a plan make a huge difference.
The difficult thing is actually making the effort to plan. Sometimes the thought of making my weekly meal plan is so overwhelming that I just can’t do it.
Enter The Food Nanny. You may know her from her smash hit BYU-TV reality show where she enters someone’s home and helps them recover from bad eating/planning habits.
She hasn’t been to my house (yet), I was lucky enough to meet her at a recent conference I attended. She taught a class on cooking from scratch. I think the world around us has taught us that convenience cooking is the only option. The Food Nanny, Liz Edmunds is on a mission to right this wrong. She is a ball of energy and her passion for planning is very convincing.
I witnessed her make, in just a few minutes, the most delicious French Baguette. While she was preparing the dough, she disclosed many cooking secrets and gave those in attendance a formula for meal planning that I thought might even work for me.
She recommends that each night of the week has a theme, for example, Mondays are Mexican night, Tuesday are Fish/meatless nights, Wednesdays are Italian nights, and so on. The first thing you have to do is pick your theme nights based on what your family likes.
She inspired me to make FISH for the first time in my life. We ate Fish Tacos recently at our house and guess what…everyone LOVED them, even me.
With each night having a theme, I found it to be A LOT easier to decide what to make. Before the Food Nanny, I spent so much time hemming-and-hawing about what random recipe to make. The theme nights provide great guidance in meal selection and we eat a better variety of food.
I am NOT being paid for this post, I’ve just found her and her system so helpful that I had to share.
She had a few copies of her cookbook and I was lucky enough to be able to purchase one. In it, she reveals her system for meal planning, shares her favorite recipes and gives tips on how to save a small fortune by simply cooking from scratch. I highly recommend it to anyone who struggles with what to make for dinner.
The Food Nanny was nice enough to agree to give away a copy of her book to one of The Vocal Sokol’s readers. If you’d like to be the recipient, leave me a comment and tell me about what meal planning is like at your house. Tell me what works and what doesn’t. While you’re at it, go ahead and like TheVocalSokol on Facebook.
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