I need some structure, which comes with planning, in my life. In the absence of which, I run like a headless chicken and start and end my day with a grumpy mood.
I love cooking (well you would guess so because I have a food blog) but I hate the stress of everyday planning, grocery shopping, cutting, chopping and myriad other tasks it brings along with it. To bring a bit of structure and to do away with a bit of unnecessary stress, I have now started planning my weekly meals.
I spent quite some time getting to the first one but all the background work now pays off week over week. The first food chart may look like a lot of work because you have so many things to consider but once you are past the hurdle of THE FIRST ONE, you are almost sorted. All you would need is to change or rotate dishes usually made in your house or from among the thousand pins you may have saved while endlessly browsing through recipes online on Pineterest and various such sites.
I get jitters these days at the thought of searching for recipes because there is so much information and options that it not only spoils you for choice but also makes you confused, stressed and teary eyed. I have never been able to come out of the vicious cycle of searching/browsing through recipes online because one invariably drifts looking at various food photos and colorful videos. Food has become entertainment of sorts and a thing to kill time!
Ironical because in spite of the information overload I am still super stressed on a daily basis for meal ideas and what to cook. And it's not just me, I hear this all the time from friends and family.
So coming back to the food chart, I feel it makes your life a bit easier, a bit less stressful and a bit uncomplicated. With the weekly food chart, I get to plan a balanced meal for myself and my family, get to make a list for a run to the super market once a week.
This is THE FIRST food chart which I have been following and although we have drifted on a couple of occasions from the chart but still this brings so much more sanity to my otherwise chaotic life!
I feel we must have a basic driving meal plan which has dishes which are our family tradition of sorts, are nutritious and help us maintain our gut flora (this was explained to me by my daughters pediatrician when she mentioned the importance of giving the child the same food as we eat).You can always leave room for new experiments once or twice a week.
I believe that this food chart should give you a good starting point. I suggest, you make your weekly meal plan NOW. All you need to do is to start listing the dishes you generally prepare at home to make a database of sorts. You can pick/rotate recipes from this database and keep adding newer recipes to your database.
This chart is very specific to my household but this is a sample food chart meant to give you an idea and to get you going. Do let me know if you feel this will work for you and if not then why? If you think it is too much work for you, ping me and I will help you make the first one!