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First and best advice I can give is shop in your pantry and fridge first. We waste so much food acting like we're stocking up for Armageddon it seems.

On Saturdays I plan the meals for the week. I have cut out beef (my cholesterol was a little high last time at the docs) and I loathe fish so the family gets to eat chicken, turkey and pork. I try to incorporate 1-2 vegetarian dinners per week which is new to me. I'm finding some great recipes. I post the menu for the week on the board, which my 21 year old just loves. She gets so excited to see what we're going to have. She loves food like her mama. I also print off all of the recipes I am making for the week and pin them on the fridge so that they are ready when I get home from work.

On Sunday, we usually have a Sunday Dinner type meal with a dessert. Desserts have changed from pie to things like strawberries with ricotta cheese.

I usually buy a large free range chicken and use it in some way during the week. Either in the Sunday dinner or throughout the week or both. I always cut the back and wings off and put it in a freezer bag. I have another freezer bag that contains my onion peels, carrot ends, celery ends, tomato ends, outer cabbage leafs - etc. When the bag is full of veggies and I have enough bones I'll make a batch of broth. Really easy to do and it doesn't cost me a penny. Once a week I make a big batch of soup for the week to use for lunches. Make a batch of tuna salad for lunches. Have left over chicken in there too. And of course there are leftovers to use for lunches. Lots for fruit and veggies on hand to take as well. I buy a huge tub ( 2 gal) of Plain yogurt from the Persian store in town. And use that for snacks and cooking.

Breakfast and lunch have options. Dinners are planned.

At first this was all very daunting, but now it's not. I've found my routine. I found the stores that I like. I do my little route. I know I've planned healthy meals for my family. We're good.

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3/16/12 5:36 A

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I check sales for the week - and plan on using them as well as staples from the pantry of freezer.
Organizing a few 'go to' meals and storing them together in a basket in the pantry; keeps us away from fast food (things that are quick, does not requires special ingredients, and all will eat it).

I shop on the Saturday, bake on the Sunday - and prepare lunches for school for the week. My lunch for the next day is packed as dinner is being served, I often have leftovers - or create a salad as I chop for dinner.

I assigned days of the week for certain types of foods (the variety is endless) for example :Soup Saturdays, or Fish Fridays.

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3/12/12 10:48 A

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I do the menu planning once a week too and make the grocery list. So much easier and you know you have everything you need. No excuses!

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I write down my menus each week then i go do my shopping for the week.I like to by my fresh veggies each day for the menu for that day.

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I cooked a 2.5 lb chuck roast, potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker on Monday, so I have a hearty meal ready-to-heat for a few days. I bought frozen tilapia filets and have made Chef Meg's Broiled Tilapia Parmesan (yum). My refrigerator looks like a garden, so I have PLENTY of choices for side dishes. I will pick up a rotisserie chicken on Friday- you can do so much with those. I am doing so good at actually eating all the fruits and vegetables, instead of letting them sit there until I have to throw them out- like I did in the "old days". I feel great!

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I have a few favorites that I keep in my rotation:
*Spaghetti squash with fresh sauteed veggies (or frozen veggies) - this only takes about 10 minutes from prep to serve. You can also add any protein to it and its delicious!
*Veggie Quesadilla
*Stir Fry

Pretty much, I saute veggies and add what ever protein or carb I feel like. I used to follow weight watchers and veggies were a 0 point food so I could fill up on them without feeling bad.

I have also recently been trying a lot of the sparkrecipes, BBQ Mango Chicken was a huge success!! It literally took 2 minutes to prep and then I took a quick shower while it baked for 20 minutes - it was great for a quick meal after the gym.

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Hello, emoticon 's

Thanks for sharing your ideas for Menu Planning.. I am hoping your tables, spreadsheets, week plans will help me prepare meals without the fuss. As, I am a choosey eater this may help me planned more and use the spark recipes as a guide in planning my meals. When I am making meals I don't have a problem creating the meals, just what I like to eat. I can take any meat and create my own spin on it... I just have to find the right vegetable, fruit ,etc that I like eating...or train myself to eat the things I do not like so much...

Again, thank you for your ideas.. will be creating a menu plan over the weekend...
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I so amazed that you have lost 264 pounds, You go girl. I need to lose 42 and it looks doable
after reading your e mail. I bought the Spark cook book on my ereader, but want to get the
hard back. Really love the program, so much info. and great ideas from others.

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2/11/12 9:58 A

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I bought a handy white board for my fridge. It is pre-populated with four columns (days, lunch, dinner, notes) and then the days of the week across as rows. The brand is Organizher and I found it at a store called Dollarama.

I have a shake every morning for breakfast so that part is easy. I fill in any work or family related meals first for MH and I and our evening classes/events with the times. Then I go through and calculate (assuming a 4-serving meal with last us two nights) all the dinners for us and my lunches (MH has the same lunch every day so his is easy).

Saturdays are sometimes difficult for me because we had planned meals all week and there are (or are not) enough left overs for lunch. We call these unplanned meals "fending" and it's when we open the pantry to share a tin of store-bought soup and tuna sandwich, or have a frozen pre-made meal (soups, chili, stew).

For example, this weekend I am making both a lentil soup and beef chili and whatever is not planned to be eaten this week will go in the freezer in single portion servings (also called emergency food in our house).

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Fran533, like you said, the important thing is to have the ingredients on hand for both healthy meals. Then you are only choosing from the good-for-you meals list. It does not matter that you ate Tuesday's meal on Monday and Monday's meal on Wednesday. It is all good choices.

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I decided this week just to make a list of meals for the week and then i can decided in the morning which one i want so 8i am sure the needed items are out of the freezer. might try and assign two meals next week to certain night and work my way to have them planned all seven nights on set nights




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2/8/12 10:37 A

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Thanks very much A.Dragonfly
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Really appreciate your support! After work I visit my dad at nursing home every night so time mgmt for me is critical and I really need to get into the habit of cooking again!

For the past couple of days I found that I was in the kitchen vs exercising on treadmill and I am very pleased... last night I was able to get on treadmill and found time to make our lunches for next day!

PS: I too love Peanut butter! I can eat it with a spoon right out of the jar! Double scoops on toast with cup of tea…and yes, chocolate ice cream literally calls my name… until the tub is finished
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SilverSu, that was quite a day's work and you put it to good use. Good for you. The best plan's are flexible.

Like you, I do go off schedule once in awhile. If it was not for the menu plan, I would be eating my all time favorites -peanut butter sandwiches or cheese macaroni. Yes. Even for breakfast.

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armed with a pot of tea... took out all my low carb & south beach cookbooks... flagged & copied recipes and placed in binder... did a table with each date and space to list planned meals for B, L and D. Meals planned for next month!

Now its only been only a matter of days but already I have changed my meal plans a couple of times whether it be because of our schedule or that I forgot to take something out of the freezer.

In the end, it is always better to have a plan vs just picking up pre-made salad and cooked chicken breast for approx $11.00 pp!

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My daughter-in-law created her own .xls file for when she goes shopping. She keeps it on her fridge and when they either run out of something or she thinks of something they may need/want - she marks it on the list and it goes with her in her coupon folder.

If anyone could like a copy - msg me in my email :)

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Womans Day magazine has a month of menus page each month on their web site, including a shopping list. It has a nice variety to encourage you to try new things.

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At the end of the week I check what we have in the pantry, fridge, freezer and go from there. Most times I don't need to get much and I try to plan for simple meals that take little time to prepare and that have possibility of leftovers.
I search for new recipes online and try to make at least one or two new recipes a week to keep it more interesting for all of us.
I don't like doing the certain kind of food on a specific day, I'm more of a let's have more choices kind of cook.
Backup meals are there too. I always plan to have enough in the house and I menu plan for at least 10 meals per week, just in case I - we change our mind so I have a backup choice.

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I check what I have in my fridge and cupboard, also check the supermarket deals for the week, From there I can plan my meals. I enjoy sorting the recipes for the week menu. Works for me

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You've got a houseful! Sounds like you've made a good compromise for meal planning though, especially with all those different schedules. Do you use a crockpot? That might be a help with all the different schedules. I went through a phase also when I was living a few hourse away (I was in the Navy), so only got home on the weekends and when I was home I would spend one day cooking and putting serving size packages of food in the freezer for my husband. That's sort of a meal planning tactic and certainly it was better for him to eat that then the fast food or highly processed crap that he would have eaten otherwise. Good luck! Meal planning definitely takes effort but it has a lot of payoff if you can stick with it. I waste less, spend less at the grocery, and eat way better leading to weight loss and better health!


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With 7 people living in the house - meal planning is a great idea, sometimes doesn't happen but it starts out good !!! I have a son that works 7pm - 7am ... my 19 yr old grandson started college so he's gone mornings and early afternoons, hubby works 10-12 hrs a day then comes home and hooks up his work computer and works more (sigh). Daughter-in-law .. well we won't go there, my 2 granddaughters ... they are a joy to me.

Anyway .... I have started a new thing here. I put a legal tablet on the table and the adults write down what they'd like food wise for the following week. Then on usually Friday night we take out the weekly grocery ads and see where the best deals are (including our coupons) and plan our meals for the following week.

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I was going to read through all the posts, but it will take too long!! Anyway, I've done meal planning before since I've got a ton of cookbooks and all, but it is time consuming. I'm taking the easy way out, at least to get started, by using the Sparkpeople meal plans. They have a lot of variety, maximize what they tell you to buy at the store, it's mostly stuff I like (fortunately my husband and I are not picky eaters), and I can easily substitute things I don't like. My husband really likes to use meal plans, and he likes the Sparkpeople ones a lot. When I have done meal plans, I print out a blank calendar with blocks for each day of the week so I have space to write in, and if I use a recipe I either printed it out and put it with the menu, or I just listed where the recipe was (like the book name and page), I then put the recipes and menu up on the fridge with a big paperclip magnetic holder thing. This allowed my husband to start dinner based on what was on the menu, making us both happier! After I made my menu I would check the kitchen, sometimes my husband would help and check as I was making the menu, and make the grocery list, then check my coupon box and note on my list what I had coupons for. These methods worked great for us!

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I get my local food ads and look at whats on sale then I just start planning from there.

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In the beginning I thought I needed to plan something different every day for every meal, and the idea of eating the same thing every day would be boring. Well, Ive since changed my mind because meal planning was taking so long.
Now I eat the same thing every morning during the week.
Oatmeal with cinnamon, 1/2 sliced banana, 1 T Flax, and 3/4 c. Fat Free Organic milk combined in one bowl, along with a cup of coffee. Sometimes I substitute a different fruit, but not usually. This makes meal planning simple and I seem to never get tired of it.
Also, If I dont have leftovers, I make the same sandwich every day from Turkey, Romaine Lettuce, Avacado (smashed replaces mayo) and sliced red or orange bell pepper.
With this I eat either cottage cheese and fruit, or yogurt and fruit.
Where my variety comes in is dinner time. I buy a weeks worth of food for dinner, but I rarely know which dinner I am going to cook which night. It all depends on my energy level after work.

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Just joined e-mealz. I even ran across a half off Groupon. So excited. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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On the weeks I get paid, I'm off Thursday and Friday. So Thursday I spend some time planning meals and a shopping list. I don't really use any themes. I do try to have beef, poultry, pork and meatless recipes. I also try not to have the same protein the same nights in a row. I plan sides with it, as much as I can. But most of the meals I gravitate to are one dish meals. Neither me nor my husband like dishes, so this cuts our dish washing to a minimum.

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I check the cupboards, the freezer, then I ask my husband and the kids for suggestions. No point in making something they're not going to eat anyway... I do a spreadsheet per day with the ingredients and amounts for every meal then I make a master list of everything I need for meals. After the meal ingredients are on it, I add snacks, then cleaners, then hygiene items. I plan my ingredients so they overlap, and I add veggies into everything I can, the more I get away with hiding the better. I keep my menus modular so if I don't have time to make pork chops I know I can swap it out with spaghetti and still be good when I've got more time later in the week.

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First I check the freezer, then the sale flyers. That determines my meat. I try to pick at least one vegetarian dish and one fish. Also I try to vary the cuisine, like one Tex-Mex meal, one Italian meal, and one Asian meal. I use SparkRecipes, Eating Well, and Epicurious for recipes.

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Yesterday I checked my pantry and refrigerator to take stock of what was on hand and could be turned into something both enjoyable and good for me. Had no idea what to do with some of the things, so went to the Spark Recipe site, typed in an ingredient, eg. tuna, and voila! There was a whole range of delicious and healthy recipes. Today I am going to cook Tuna Noodle Salad - Simple & Cheesy, because it sounds wonderful, but is in reality low in all the bad stuff. Oh, and because it sounds so fast and easy to prepare, heheh. Have to admit simplicity is always a plus with me. Hope it lives up to its reviews... best part is, I'll have 5 extra meals ready prepared, just need to add a side salad or cook a few veggies! Loving this challenge already.

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Thanksgiving week is the one that really should be planned for but when going to someone else's place it complicates things. I'm spending the weekend with my sis and parents. I made sure that I can bring one meal. It will be a healthy meatless lasagna weather they like it or not. It really is good so only my dad will complain. My sis is thrilled and that takes care of one big meal. Turkey day should be fine with turkey as my mainstay and nibbles on the rest. It will be portion control throughout.

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I start with SP's meal plan because it gives me a wonderful jump start.

After I joined this Healthy Cooking Challenge, I found an article SP has titled "Making Healthy Cooking Fun:100+ Superfoods You’ll Love." It's extensive and provides foods in the various categories: Fruits, Calcium-rich foods, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables, and Miscellaneous (oils, tea, chocolate). It doesn't include condiments so I depend on the recipes for those. I printed out that list. I made a table in Word with the days of the week across the top and the meal course down the side. There are meal plan templates on the web, and I used them to serve as examples for what I wanted. At that point I simply choose from the superfoods list, then put in what I want and where based on what I already have in the fridge and cabinets. If I need to shop for items I don't have, either I'll take the printed recipes with me (I've made a binder with sheet protectors so info doesn't get messed up.) or write down what I need from the recipes if it's not a lot.

I NEVER cared for cooking and now I'm really enjoying it. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be posting information on how to prepare for meals. I've always just said to myself, "I wonder what I'm gonna eat." No more wondering. Now I know.


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I use a pretty helpful website called e-mealz.com for my meal planning. It is great, because they have meal plans for all types of diet restrictions and for different regional stores (Kroger, Aldi, Wal-Mart, Publix, Any Store, etc). Basically, it plans dinners based upon the sale ad, and also your dietary needs. They also have different sized plans, plans for 2 people and plans for a family. The plans for 2 people almost always create leftovers for my husband and I. Not a ton of leftovers, but enough for lunch the next day for one or both of us. Its 15 dollars every 3 months, but the time it saves me in the grocery store is pretty immense. It gives you your recipes, and your shopping list for the week.

Best part about it is, if I buy a crown of broccoli, and I am only to use half of it for meal 1, I know that the other half will be used later that week.

Generally, that is the problem I have with meal planning. What do I do with the other half of something I just opened? I have a much easier time with e-mealz.

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I have a hard time with menu planning most of the time. My mom found a book that turned out to be really great for me, with meals planned out already. 12 weeks worth of meals. Most of them using ingredients I already have and always get anyways. Sometimes I would substitute though. Along with the planned out meals it has so much info on healthier eating and living. So for those of you who have an easier time going off a menu plan that is done for you and doesn't call for a bunch of outrageous ingredients you never buy. Try out the book "Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight for Everybody". Check your library and skim over it to see if it fits you. I love having something there to fall back on if I'm having a difficult time planning out the meals. It is just perfect for me at this point in my life.

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First I make a list of what I have in the freezer and pantry that way I can sort out what I can make before buying in food.
Having done that I sort out recipes that I can use.
Then if I need certain ingredients I can get them when I do the shopping. If possible I try to get ingredients that can be used in more than one recipe.
Then I list what recipe I will use for each day.
Sometimes I switch things around as it may be a busy day and I want something easier than planned, nothing is written in stone it is a guide as to what I will have during the week.

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It is my Anniversary of Birth on Friday... I know I know HIPPO BIRDIE TWO EWES to me! emoticon
The problem I am facing is this... I know my friends are gonna want to take me on Friday night for a birthday feast!
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I get to choose the place and I know the place has an online menu so I can figure out ahead of time what I'm going to eat and place it on myNutrition Tracker and stick to it.

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I've been cooking this way for years and it works for my family. I shop my pantry and fridge for meals first. based on those ingredients i plan as many meals as I can and make a big list of available meals. it's usually 10-12 meals long. from that list i assign meals to days of the week using our online calendar program based on our schedule. i schedule meals a week at a time, but always have some backups from the longer list if needed. for my shopping that week i'm usually buying fresh things and items for my pantry for meals for the next few weeks. this way i can watch sale cycles and use coupons. i am not afraid to stock up on a family favorite to make several meals-that keeps my per meal cost low. (like i probably have half a freezer full of frozen veggies and meats, and a pantry full of canned tomatoes and low cal soups)

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10/20/11 6:19 P

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Menu planning is good, but my problem is what happens when you just don't have time! I tired it and tired the meal plans that sparks do here, but I found for that day, I'm not hungry or don't want what is on the menu plan.

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10/20/11 5:52 P

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I pick seven recipes a week for dinner that I like or new ones that I would like to try that sound good to me and what I know my family will eat. I then create a spread sheet with five to six (try to shop mostly from the outer edges of the store and stay out of the inner isles) colums: produce, meats, dairy, bakery/grains, canned items and spices/staples. Then for each recipe I apply the appropriate ingredient to it's colum and tally the amount I need for each recipe. I then go back and add at least one side dish to each recipe; I usually add a veggie or a rice and I add these items to the spread sheet as well.

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10/20/11 4:34 P

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How do you feel about this??

My local grocery store had a sale for "buy 10 ready meals for $7" so I bought 10. These were all Lean Cuisine Smart meals so they are about as healthy and nutricious as can be for frozen dinners. Each one has a clear breakdown on nutrional info and "meal points". I purchased all my other groceries off of the master list I am using so that I can menu-plan all my other meals. On days that I was running out the door in the morning, or going to bed without prepping the next days lunch, I would grab the frozen meals because the front of the box clearly states what I will be eating that day for lunch.

So what I would like to know is....do you consider this healthy eating and/or menu-planning?

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10/20/11 4:00 A

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For myself this wasn't very hard...I usually have the same thing for breakfast and luch with a few variables and I snacks is where I really incorporate in my fruits and veggies for the day. For dinners I went through the spricipe site and found seven recipes that sounded good and fit into my schedule as far as prep and cook times. Needless to say I picked several slow cooker recipes...LOL

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Im single an live alone. Iv learned threw friends the best thing to do create a pantry of non perishable items you use. Lke variouse grains , beans , seonings an frozen veggys in freezer. I also keep my tofu in freezer with a box repackeged into 1/4 servings. Then my grocery trip i buy perishables. I usially made a big meal i can eat on for a few days but if i decide i dont want left overs ill portion an freeze. This helps me to always have a varity. I also have stocked emergecy can ds such as vegan soups, refried beans ect. But i beleave a key to menu plaining is a good stocked pantry. The firstbof the month if supplys are low i restock then for the next 3 weeks what foodstamps i have left are third.

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I myself I used to buy mostly vegetables, sea weeds, fruits for this week. I always ate left overs every morning, just reheat them and ate them as my morning breakfast.

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10/11/11 2:05 P

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I buy food for one so I don't actually plan a 7day meal list. I buy the same staple foods and intertwine them how I see fit based on what my appetite is for:

Chicken breast, fish, eggs, flank steak, tomatoes, jalapenos, mushrooms, green peppers, asparagus, green beans, american cheese, italian-style cheese, shaved parmasean, brown rice, collard greens, romaine lettuce, salsa, bread, sliced roastbeef, sliced ham, olive oil, bananas, strawberries, apples, granola cereals, fiber cereals, greek yougurt and milk.

I switch up the meats each week when I shop because Im not buying all of them each week. The veggies and fruits are in stock as they maintain most of what I eat. They can mixed and matched however I'd like.

The idea is to prepare lunch the night before work and then eat dinner based on what I didn't get a taste of during the day. That way I don't get bored with eating the very same thing.

The "must eat breakfast" rule keeps me on track so that Im not binging later in the night

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10/10/11 1:03 P

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As a new member, I normally use the SP tracking and make substitutions as necessary. It is easier for me to use this as a base and maintain the required calorie range I need. So, I am planning meals on a daily basis which works for me.

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10/9/11 10:40 P

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That's what i do too. I always plan a menu for a week at a time or more. But i only buy for 1 week..I try to use up left overs too.

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9/21/11 8:13 P

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This weekend I plan on cleaning out my pantry and refrigerator to get rid of the items that are out of date and to remind myself what I have and what I need to make a grocery list and plan my menu for next week. Starting to plan my menu for the rest of this week this evening.



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9/21/11 7:00 P

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How I am going to try to do it is before its time for weekly grocery shopping, map out the dinners for the next 7 days.

Lunches and Breakfasts: I tend to repeat often so there isn't too much work on those.

Then I make sure all the ingredients for meals are on the list.

Sounds easy, but I fear it is much more complex...

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9/21/11 3:18 P

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..so this is what I've been doing...

I normally plan out the food I'm going to eat the night before and leave about 100-200 calories open for spontaneous snacking!! It seems to work out pretty well...and when I go to the store I buy what I know I'll eat and then I mix and match things.

Has anyone done this and swapped to a mass weekly planner?! If so, did it help or was it wayy complicated?!

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My initial attempt at menu planning included creating a list of meal options for each category (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks). These lists were based on this week's weekly sale items in addition to the food and staples already on hand in my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. I found that this worked well for me, because I was able to choose from a variety of pre-planned meals. I made a more serious effort to try some new recipes, which actually was fun, since it allowed me to make good use of my cookbook collection. Because I have never really worked at making a weekly menu plan, my meal option lists seemed like a good way to start.

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Well I spent part of my morning planning out my weekly Menu-Planner which I down loaded from the article "Meal Planning Made Simple". It did take me a little while how to actually write my menu in the date area. Once I did, I was actually amazed how much more time it took even though I had a good idea what I was going to do with my week. I found it hard to put enough calories in on each day which meant I was not going to buy enough food, oh dear a dangerous place to be!

Well, it is all done and really looks pretty good. I am sure it will need a little changing here and there as I go.

I do keep a running grocery list going and by adding on a few things for my weekly menu I do believe I should be in good shape.

I found this a hugh learning experience all in itself. I do monitor my cholesterol intake just to stay healthy and I learned quickly that I could not plan my scrambled egg/egg white with spinach and mushrooms on the same day I was going to have shrimp or crab. I would have not paid any attention to that before.

There are so many great ideas and information on this website. It is a matter of learning and incorporating them into our daily lives. I think this is also a great way to keep our food rotating. I am not sure about you but I find it is easy to get into a rut with whats for dinner so I am pretty excited about actually doing some planning.

Funny, you start taking control in a small area of your life and it starts to show up in other areas too.

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Great ideas! I rarely use recipes except for guide lines. However, pre planning wil help me to get organized and save some money! So here I go.

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