There's this great suggestion that I never would have thought of in the Day 14 section of the Beck Diet Solution: make a template of a small number of meal options that you like, and then just give each one a number, and planning can be easier. For instance, dinner #3 tonight, #1 tomorrow, and so on. I think this could work really well with the tracker -- I could make groupings of each meal option and just put them into the tracker in one step, week after week. I am going to give this a try! I think simplifying my meal planning can save me time and energy.
Anyway, here are my template meals, and I have added them to my tracker. It took some time up front, but I think it will save a lot of time later. And I can always change the template if I get tired of something in particular.
I am not required to limit portions by my plan (and I don't need to speed my current weight loss rate), so I will put down what I generally eat, or 300-500 calories per meal, or about 3-4 cups of food (and 100-200 calories per snack) with the understanding that I'm actually going to eat until satisfied, not until it's all gone. For me, I don't mind eating the same thing at lunch and dinner, so I am going to just make one list for lunch/dinner and repeat it for lunch and dinner on the same day.
1: 2 cups oatmeal, 1 cup berries
2: 9 oz. hash browns, 2 cups tossed salad with 1/2 cup beans
3: 4 cups Fast Minestrone from MWL book (made with water or veg stock instead of tomato juice; rice cooked by low-arsenic method, or other whole grain used)
4: 2 cups vegetable soup, 2 cups sweet potatoes
1: 2 cups vegetable soup, 2 cups sweet potatoes
2: 2 cups tossed salad, 2 cups sweet potatoes
3: 2 cups potato salad (no fat, obviously), 2 cups tossed salad
4: Kimchi unfried rice, full batch made with 2 c. brown rice & 2 c. veggies
5: 2 cups hummus, 1 red pepper cut in strips, 1 carrot in sticks
6: 1 cup roasted beets, 1 cup baked winter squash, 1 cup kimchi slaw
7: 4 cups Fast Minestrone
1: 4 cups tossed salad
2: 2 cups vegetable soup
3: 1 cup berries (I usually eat them frozen)
4: 1 piece of seasonal fruit or 1 cup fruit salad
6: 2 cups beets
7: 1 cup lentil soup
8: 1 cup roasted garbanzos
Here's how it looks in my tracker:
Tomorrow's food plan:
Will see how it goes tomorrow.