Hi everyone, I want to introduce the category I Will be blogging on in this exciting food blogging site,it’s called Meal planning.
Meal planning is the ability to plan batch healthy meals over a period of time,an effort to organise the meal menu of the family without stress and confusion.
Naturally I come from a large family, and in my family mealtimes are usually an important period because in our family we don’t joke with good food.
My grandmother who was always in charge had a lot of mouth to feed,because of this she took it upon herself to go to the market, she always going to one market or the other,she always have to plan what to cook and for how many mouth. She was a crafty and canny shopper. Growing up now I saw the sense and practicality of everything she does back then.
In meal planning the goal is to save time and energy, money and prevent wastage of foods.
We in my family were lucky to be taught the right and comprehensive culinary skills courtesy of my grandmother. But being a not so good cook does not mean that you can’t plan and make a good meal for your family and loved ones we are in the computer age whereby you can get recipes online and directions on how to do it.
Planning meals the right way,making shopping list and getting the right recipes can go a long way in bid to know the way to whip up any type of dish anytime of the day without much stress and waste of resources. Home cooking could be made easy with good and concise recipes.
Family meals on busy weeknight and work days or special dishes for special occasion could be easily attainable with planning your meals properly,cooking sumptuous, delicious mouth watering delicacy and healthy balanced meals that are cost effective is possible with proper meal planning.
You can make your meals in batches and freeze then later reheating, you can make double quantity, then divide and freeze the second portion, probably in a week or two you can defrost and reheat again,it Will still be as good as new Like you just prepared it,this portion can be used as instant lunch or dinner,saving time as well as energy and money. This way you bypassed the stress of making less healthy meals or buying junk foods.
Also in meal planning you can select what to cook in a period of time,this enables you to find interesting recipes, study the instructions and inculcate them in your plan of one week.
Also in meal planning there is what is called “leftovers”, this idea uses remaining foods or food ingredients for future thereby saving money and preventing wastages.
Then there is the issue of budget and the money available to spend on foods for the entire family over a period of time.this also have to be in consideration in order to budget for your shopping list a thrifty and inexpensive buying. Planning your shopping list sheaf of time makes you enjoy a thrifty less expensive recipes every time.
Stocking your fridge and freezer affords you the privileges of better meal planning, you won’t be stuck of ingredients when cooking. Weekends meals requires More elaborate recipes because there is more time to spend in the kitchen preparing meals.
Weekends are the times when batch cooking are better made,in cooking your batch after 2 hours or so you will be glad that you have at least created meals for the next seven days.you prepare 2 to 3 kinds of foods that you can rotate them in your plans on weekdays.
When you do this and at the end of the month compare what you spend to the times you had to cook or buy every meals,you Will see that you have saved considerable amount of money by cooking in bulk.to batch cook the quantities in the recipes you are using can be doubled,triple or halve according to the size of your family.
When storing foods in freezers its advisable to write or label them with names and dates because it’s very easy to forget you have something lurking behind especially you have big freezer.
Meal planning is the most cost effective way to stay on budget and avoid unnecessary spending every week.it afford you plan on how you are going to use x naira on y z foods for period of w times.its like an equation, a very simple one at that.it does help you portion your money on how to do your shopping. So that you get enough to make your meals without compromising flavour or taste.
When you have a big family to feed or you feed more than just yourself a properly planned meal schedule with directions, instructions and well budgeted shopping list will put you on the right track ,especially when or if you a super busy person ,will make life easier and better for everyone.