Last week we discussed adding variation to your menus. One of the ways I mentioned is through seasonal eating. This is really the best way to add variation because by eating fresh, local produce you get more nutrients from your food (as they were harvested more recently) and you don’t get sick of any one thing because they phase in and out of season throughout the year. The one pitfall to committing 100% to seasonal eating is that if you have a craving for something out of season, you may have to wait a long time to have it. I’m a big believer of all things in moderation, though, so you could just have that one thing and then go back to eating seasonally – no harm, no foul!
This is the fourth post of a series where I will be sharing with you my menu for the week, along with a few helpful menu planning tidbits throughout the summer.
Welcome back for week 4 of the Menu Plan Monday series! Here’s a little recap of what I’ve covered so far:
Week 2: Why I meal plan
If you are new to the series, make sure you go back and read the previous posts so you can have all the info. If you’ve been keeping up, those posts are there for your reference whenever you need them! This week we will be covering how to plan for breakfast, lunch, and snacks including what to do with leftover meals and ingredients.Continue Reading
This is the third post of a series where I will be sharing with you my menu for the week, along with a few helpful menu planning tidbits throughout the summer. We’re starting off small, but will eventually make it to planning successful monthly menus.
Hopefully everyone had a fantastic long holiday weekend! We certainly did. Maine was absolutely beautiful and we loved every second we were there! I’ll post a few pictures later this week.
If you haven’t been keeping up with my Menu Plan Monday series, I’ve already covered the 7 questions to ask yourself when you sit down to meal plan, as well as why I meal plan. This week, our menu planning topic is how to write an efficient grocery list that gets you in and out of the store faster than ever before!
When I first started cooking for myself back in college, I hated going to the grocery. I didn’t really know how to meal plan that well yet, which didn’t help, but the grocery part was just the worst. It sucked up so much of my time! As time went on, I got faster, but never too fast. One day, I was talking to my Mom over the phone and I mentioned how I had to go the grocery and how much fun that was going to be since it takes forever. She then enlightened me to the number 1 strategy to grocery store efficiency – Thanks, Mom!Continue Reading
This is the first in a series of posts where I will be sharing with you my menu for the week, along with a few helpful menu planning tidbits throughout the summer. We’re starting off with the basics this week, but will eventually make it to planning successful monthly menus.
One of the things that really helps me be efficient in the kitchen throughout the year is my meal plan. I often meal plan monthly because I can save money buying in bulk (and I love saving money!), but recently we have been in such a transitional life phase that I have reverted to planning meals weekly. Not only does planning your meals out in advance save you time, it can also save you calories and money (even if you’re not buying in bulk!). If you’re new to meal planning, I recommend starting weekly. Try asking yourself these 7 questions to help you get started:Continue Reading