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Why I hate set meal plans *rant*

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I have a real problem. I have the meal planner thing turned on on this site and another site I'm on. Now I wouldn't say that I'm a fussy eater but most of the meals they suggest are unappealing to me or have 2 or more main ingredients which I don't like.

I love to cook and bake my own foods as I find it's a lot more healthier than anything you buy frozen. I don't have a microwave as I don't have a need for one. But I am finding it hard to find set meals which are healthy for me to make which don't cost an arm and leg to buy the ingredients for.

If I did make what the set meal planner says I would have to substitute a few items of food so that I will enjoy eating it, as a result I would not be making the meal it states although some look lovely (I have seen pictures of the end dish) but it's just not for me.

on the other hand, my husband is a fussy eater and I would have to make something else for him to eat so I don't really know what to do. At the moment all i am making for myself is toast, cottage pies, cheese pastry wrap and chicken nuggets/dippers, soup as thats all we can afford to make at the moment which I like. Where as my husband loves chicken/tuna pasta with mayo and cheese. He is mainly eating just that most days which I couldn't do but that is what he says he wants.

Thing I like are:
Meats (beef/pork/chicken/venison etc)
sweetcorn
onion
pastry
cheese
noodles
soup
lettuce
bread
sausage rolls
potatoes
pizza

just to name a few things and my husband likes:

meats (same as me but he is fussy as to how its cooked so will only eat it if its double cooked or hes cooked it himself)
sweetcorn
mushrooms
mayo
pasta
bread
cheese
noodles
potatoes
pizza

So at the moment I stuck as to what I can make us both which we will both enjoy while only making one meal between us instead of two and which is health for us.
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SAGE86 4/28/2012 9:23AM

    I never liked the meal planner either... I find that it would cost too much to the buy everything I need. I don't know what it is like to cook for a fussy eater as I live alone, but I can image it is quite a stuggle for you. May I suggest looking at epicurious.com, they have a whole section of healthy recipes and you can search recipes by main ingredients.

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EXCIRA 4/26/2012 7:34AM

    I never liked someone else telling me what to eat so I started making my own meal planner. For 2 weeks, I have all the dinners planned out for my family so that there is no chance of being lazy when trying to make something I don't want. I simply see what's on sale at the grocer, put a shopping list together, and then plan my meals around that (and our schedules).

Tonight is soup and sandwich because we have some Bear Creek soups in our pantry that need to be made. There's no wasting food here and, because I know my dinners, I am able to better plan out the rest of my day to stay within my calories and such.

Hope that helps!

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BUBBLES1987 4/25/2012 11:23AM

    I've never followed the meal plans laid out for me on here, some of the stuff is a bit yuck! My only advice would be to eat what you enjoy and can afford but just make sure to control your portions and track all of your calories and nutrition in your tracker. As long as you're staying within your ranges, you should start to lose weight and continue to eat the foods that you like at the same time. Then you can slowly incorporate a bit of creativeness in your cooking bit by bit.
Good Luck!

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