Food on Friday ~ Menu Planning

For some people meal planning is like a chess puzzle.


Planning what we are going to eat for a whole week is a pretty easy thing to do, but it does mean sitting down and writing a list or two.  It might also mean looking at some recipes, and then checking what one has in the larder, refrigerator, freezer, and garden.  That leads to making a shopping list ~ (and one should never go into a supermarket without a shopping list) ~ and a menu list for the week.

Get one thing straight, a recipe, a menu list, and a shopping list aren’t rules ~ these things are just guidelines to help us get organised without wasting lots and lots of time.

So, before I post some recipe collections, let me feature something about menu planning.  From Hali Bey Ramdene at The Kitchn I can give you The Beginners Guide to Meal Planning: What to Know, How to Succeed, and What to Skip.  Remember, when you plan your meals to allow enough quantity so that you have leftovers for another day, or to take to work for lunch.  Also, when you plan your meals try to follow some healthy eating guidelines.

The Beginners Guide to Meal Planning

Some more on the basics of meal planning and we have Common Meal-Planning Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid from Greatist, and The Ultimate Guide to Meal Planning from the Wellness Mama.

Winter Meal Plan

My own preferred menus lean towards Mediterranean food, and Heidi at Foodie Crush has a great post of 50 Favorite Mediterranean Diet Recipes, which also includes a Mediterranean diet plan and this recipe for Mediterranean Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Olive Tapenade.  I love the fresh herbs in this dish.

Mediterranean Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Olive Tapenade

It’s the heart of the apple season here, and I really do prefer eating organic foods in season.  But what to do with apples?  Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest found this post by Katherine Power at Clique Brands ~ 4 apple recipes she’s looking forward to baking this month.  I particularly like the look to this Honeycrisp Apple Pandowdy, (what a great name).

Honeycrisp Apple Pandowdy

Last up this week, from Alanna Taylor Tobin at The Bojon Gourmet we have Savoring Winter with 40 Vibrant Citrus Recipes. This is all so colourful, but I especially like the look of these gluten-free black sesame kumquat financiers, (except I’d call them tea-cakes).

Savoring Winter with 40 Vibrant Citrus Recipes

jack collier

if you can buy packet sauces, they make meal planning easy

12 responses

  1. […] or two. It might also mean looking at some recipes, and then checking what one has in […] via Food on Friday ~ Menu Planning — JackCollier7 Jack's got my back. He knows the importance of healthy eating and taking care of your physical […]


  2. Wow what fabulous food!

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  3. it’s only 7:12 am and you have my mouth watering!!

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  4. I always think about meal planning and get so pleased when I manage even just a few days! A great post to get sorted and great suggested posts as always. Happy 2019! x

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    1. Thanks Petra, with me it’s one day at a time. ❤

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      1. I agree I am more a one day at the time but every now and then I get organised 🙂 x

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  5. I used to meal plan and meal prep. Sunday was our bulk cook day. Then December 2017 my health (emotional wellbeing) took a crazy nosedive, then July 2018 saw the take-down of my my physical wellbeing, September kicked down the remnants of my spiritual constructs, and December saw to the final phase of my complete destruction of what remained – dissolution of the semblance of my social wellbeing.
    2019 is a new year, and I am still intact. So I am trying to reconstruct my dark tower in my physical reality. By teaching through demonstration, but this time here on the internet. Because it was here on the internet that caused the schism to my physical real world. I’ve still got my husband, and we’re working through all the shit. And it is a beautiful love story. One that transcends space and time.
    Thanks for your posts, Jack. We can hit the road, together! I’m the girl of people’s dreams, but I must remain that way. Turning it any other way will only produce nightmares. I don’t want to be the cause of more harm, so… Don’t look back, or you’ll really be riding on your own *shrugs* …I’m both sorry, and not sorry. 🙂
    I really do write insanely long comments. Hmm.. I’m going to share this blog post and my commentary, and schedule it to be published at some point in the future. xox

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    1. Thank you for your honest and cogent comment. ❤
      I'm sympathetic that your emotional, spiritual, and social health took a nosedive over the last year or so. The internet can sometimes become a darkling dangerous and intensely personal road for women ~ whereas most men only go to the outer edges for masturbatory reasons. Not ever I of course ~ in some ways I'm a very strange guy.
      I enjoy your comments, and I enjoy learning a little about you and the sometimes crazy way your mind seems to work. ❤ ❤
      A long road trip with you would probably have been exciting and revelatory fun, but it's best that you remain the dark witch of my imaginings.
      This new year has been good for me, most of the time. My physical, mental, and spiritual health have been improving every day ~ admittedly from a pretty low ebb. I'm not building a dark tower, I'm reconstructing a strong tower of light amid the turbulent storms. Even now some days are shit, but a cool Renaissance Man doesn't stay down there in the muck for very long.
      Today will be a good day.
      Sweetheart, maybe it's time to get back to meal planning and preparation. ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. I have pretty regularly lamented i feel backwards and wrong. I feel already to be a Renaissance man but I’m a woman.
        The Dark tower to which I refer to is from Stephen King’s dark tower. The tower is the key that holds the universe together. It’s funny how things seem to come together in beautifully oppositional ways.
        Oh yeah, and I was wondering if you were still down for a tarot reading or something? I wanted to ensure that there was nothing untoward before pursuing this avenue with you.

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        1. Renaissance Being. ❤
          Tower of Light is how I see my reality.
          I have a reasonable belief in non Newtonian truths such as astrology and the Tarot. I also firmly accept Newtonian Physics as a good working model for normal life.
          You may feel backwards, outside of normality, existing in more than one plain, but I have never believed that you were wrong. ❤ ❤


          1. Detective Gordon, for surely you have peered through the walls of my glass asylum and saw the scars of the razor blade’s kiss. I sit upon the arc of the covenant and keep the treasures of old locked away. I know the truth of the power, and seek to share the truth with the world. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for not believing in only the worst of me.

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