I was on another blog the other day commenting about how I have been meal planning consistently since December. Before then I hadn't meal planned since early 2012. I find it to be extremely helpful. I go to the grocery twice a week. Every Sunday I post the week's meals on the fridge and head out to pick up ingredients for the first half of the week.
I noticed that meal planning makes me want to get more creative with our dishes. If I notice that I've made baked ziti twice in two weeks, I will search for something new. For a while I noticed I was making tuna casserole like it was going out of style. Initially my household liked it, but they soon turned against me and tuna casserole. Now, if I mention it their faces get all screwed up.
Meal planning also helps me make sure I'm not buying stuff with no intended purpose in mind...cuts down on wasted food and inflated grocery bills.
Earlier in the week I mentioned that my granny and I swapped juicing recipes. Well, I have an actual juicer, but she uses the magic bullet. The thing I don't like about juicing is that I feel it discards too much of the veggie or fruit. I feel like I'm throwing away food when I clean it out. My granny was telling me how hers doesn't waste a thing and how full it keeps her until lunch time. So, what did I do?? I went out and bought a magic bullet. LOL. It's much more smoothie than juicing, but it's still good and she was right, it keeps me full much longer than the juice, and I can use less fruit and veggies to yield more.
So...I am now going to have a bit of a challenge with myself, and you can join me or watch along. Starting on Monday, the 21st I am going to begin a 30 day juicing (smoothie) challenge. I will enjoy a veggie/fruit smoothie each morning for breakfast. I'll post the recipe I'm going to use the morning day before. So on Sunday I'll post Monday's recipe and on Monday I'll review that morning's drink and give Tuesday's recipe and so on. Excited!
I've already been looking for some new and interesting concoctions...I can't wait to share.