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 Meal planning is a helpful time-saving technique for busy moms, but it's one rarely done because it seems so overwhelming to write out all those daily menus. It can be simple if you follow some simple routine planning ideas. 
Last week I shared about Sue who set up traditions to make her weekend meal planning easy.  That took care of three days menus each week.  Now let's look at how she plans for the other four days.
Rather than start with a main course and build the meal around meat, she starts with one of four starch entrees-potatoes, bread, rice, and pasta.  One night she'll plan to have a meal that goes well with potatoes, such as chicken and mashed potatoes, hamburgers and French fries, tater tot casserole, ham and twice baked potatoes. 
The next night Sue might fix a meal centered on rice:  Chinese stir fry, hamburger/rice casserole, red beans and rice, etc.  The pasta meal possibilities are really easy:  lasagna, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, tuna noodle casserole, Swedish meatballs; the list of pasta meals is almost endless. 
The "bread meals" take a little more creative thinking.  Your break night supper might be stuffing, which goes with pork or turkey; or you might have pita sandwiches with soup or salad; you might have wet burritos made from tortillas; or French dip or submarine sandwiches.  Get the idea?
Planning one meal a week around potatoes, rice, pasta, or break makes an easy routine that still leaves room for creativity and variety.  Watch for meats on sale and stock up your freezer if you have one.  Sue keeps plenty of fresh, canned or frozen vegetables on hand to compete her menu.  And fresh or canned fruit makes a healthy dessert for any meal.
Meal planning does not have to be difficult or time-consuming if you find an easy time-saving routine that works for you!

posted on: 3/30/2010 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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