I only plan dinner since my son is in school. Leftovers are used as lunch for me and hubby. I use the hungry girl cookbook...big portions not alot of calories which is a win win situation to me. I would suggest Hungry Girl to the max since it's a combination of Hungry Girl 1-2-3, 200 under 200 and 300 under 300.
Even the desserts are guilt free! Most library's carry her books, so you can copy what you like or you can check out her page Hungrygirl.com
Planning ahead is always better, but this week has been one of total nonstop chaos of sorts. I did eat out and of course, the old adage think ahead didn't work and while traveling I went over calories today, but will get back on task tomorrow and I already have a crock meal in the works for tomorrow from one of the healthy recipes of sparkpeople. Hope to cook at least 2 more recipes this weekend. Trying to stay focused even with chaos. Week four is almost at an end now and hope to finish all tasks shortly. The challenge has been just that but it is a good source of focus and has helped me to be resolute with my healthy choices. Reda
current weight: 222.0
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Another site that I use all the time is supercook.com . You enter in ingredients that you have on hand and it will display recipes that you can make.
As for meal planning, it may be unconventional, but I look through recipes and jot down things that I want to eat for that week. I'm not a huge 'plan ahead' kind of person and I do only have to cook for myself so it's a bit easier.
Another website is www.readyseteat.com/ which shows you recipes and if any of the stores around you have the ingredients on sale.
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current weight: 242.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,947) Posts: 1,774 5/12/11 10:32 A
I make a menu for each week using a variety of healthy cooking recipe sources like sparkrecipes and Cooking Light's website. Then I make a grocery list based upon that. I do switch meals around sometimes, but try to stick to the plan for the seven days. I search using a key ingredient to get ideas.
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I use the Sparkpeople meal plans to give me ideas, but adjust it to suit my needs/likes. And they provide a shopping list that you can print to make sure you have what you need. A lot of items you may already have, so just cross it off before you go to the store so you don't buy anything that you don't really need. I think this is the easiest way to start out, and then you can start creating your own menus once you feel comfortable with it. Good luck!
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What is the best way to get started with planning meals! I feel lost at how to even begin! I mean do you start with dinner, breakfast? Do I use recipes or come up with my own stuff? I don't know how to even start doing this. It also doesn't help that I am short on cash so there is not a lot I can buy right now and have to use what is in the kitchen and maybe can buy a little. Please Help!
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