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