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Jan 2nd, 2014, 17:01 PM  
TwylaDee
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Meal Planning 2014

I am going to start making a more concentrated effort on planning meals. It takes some of the fun and spontaneity out of eating but gives me more control. I also think there will end up being a lot less waste going into the trash.

For this weekend, I bought a whole chicken. I'll roast it in the oven and have chicken breasts for a couple meals. Then I can chop up some of the other meat for stir fry and salads. The remainder can go into a pot as a base for a nice veggie soup. I'll round that out with yogurt, eggs, and fruit for breakfast and snacks.
 
Jan 2nd, 2014, 18:05 PM  
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That sounds like a great idea. I always feel so much more in control when I've planned my meals in advance, and it does help to reduce a lot of waste too. Win win all round!
 
 
Jan 3rd, 2014, 00:13 AM  
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Shopping is so much cheaper when having a plan too

My missus quite often does food plans. I don't mind not being spontaneous when it comes to food. I think the same as Bev, I think I feel more in control when it is thought out.
 
 
Jan 7th, 2014, 21:44 PM  
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If I plan my meals I find I keep on track and like you say much less food wastage which is in the pocket and not in the bin!
 
 
Jan 8th, 2014, 03:01 AM  
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This is something I need to work on more, too. We pretty much have the same thing for breakfast and lunch all the time, but I seem to have quite the mental block against planning ahead for dinner.
 
Jan 8th, 2014, 22:23 PM  
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I am starting to meal plan for Mondays shopping, I waste a lot of food. No more easy foods on my shopping list either.
 
Jan 9th, 2014, 17:07 PM  
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Breakfast and lunch is pretty much the same things for me too, I just want quick and easy... that's when I bother
 
 
Jan 9th, 2014, 17:51 PM  
TwylaDee
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For this week I got a small ham and some cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and dried peas. I plan to cook the ham and then slice a bunch of it for lunches this week. With the remaining ham and bone I'll put on a pot of soup that will make several meals and I'll be able to freeze a couple small portions for later. The rest of my meals will be eggs or oatmeal for breakfast and I bought a box of Raisin Bran, milk, cottage cheese, and some yogurt.
 
Jan 9th, 2014, 20:55 PM  
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Oh Raisin bran sounds nice, now I'm at the end of my journey maybe I can go for things like this instead of plain bran flakes... just adding raisins would feel like a treat
 
 
Jan 10th, 2014, 16:09 PM  
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I only wish they didn't feel the need to add sugar to the raisins. I was thinking about buying plain bran flakes and just adding my own raisins to it. They add calories but they also contain a lot of iron.
 
 
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