Successful Menu Planning

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  Benjamin Franklin

I appreciate Franklin’s maxims.  They offer good advice with occasional humor.  How true it is that time slips by if we have not wisely planned.  Writing lesson plans is easy for me, but writing meal plans is another story.  I continue to try to reach my goal of successfully planning a complete week’s worth of meals.  I can do a few days worth and as the week progresses, I start improvising based on what we have in the kitchen.  Nutrition and health are priorities in our family, so we try to cook most of our meals at home from organic, G.M.O. free ingredients.  Many years ago I attended a meal planning and cooking class.  It was very helpful.  I reflect on that class often, and continue to try to meet the goals presented in that class.  A helpful hint to meal planning, was to plan a variety of meals around different flavors/preferences.  For example, on Monday cook a chicken dish, Tuesday something with beef, Wednesday pasta, Thursday fish, Friday cheese/vegetarian, Saturday barbecue, Sunday leftovers, etc…  This has been a wonderful guide as my family enjoys variety.  Thanksgiving is a week from today.  My meal plan will be something like this:  Organic turkey from a local farm and gravy, sweet potato casserole with buttered pecan topping, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, green beans with pine nuts and lemon, steamed broccoli, and homemade cranberry sauce.  We would enjoy a cornbread stuffing if we can find some organic corn meal.  Our appetizer will be dried fruit and nuts, and dessert will be a chocolate Fondue and pumpkin pie.  While all this is cooking, spiced apple cider will be warming on the stove.  Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love and laughter.

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