Archive for the ‘Menu Planning’ Category

Celebrating with food (and wine!)

{Images above from Équilibre}

It was a special milestone birthday in our household last weekend. Pascal turned 40. Sounds old, doesn’t it? But then again, isn’t 40 the new 21? Read the rest of this entry »

A new twist on menu planning

We are of the belief that one of the best things you can do to take control of your health and wellbeing is to start cooking at home and get in the habit of shopping and planning your meals. Forget the magic pills and potions that promise quick and easy results, this simple back-to-basics practice, done consistently, will provide fantastic long term benefits for you and your family. Anything you cook at home, regardless of whether it has the ‘perfect’ nutritional make-up, will be so much better for you than a packaged freezer meal, take-away or meal replacement (no matter how healthy the label claims it to be!)

We’re not saying this way of cooking and eating is easy all the time, especially if you’re not a natural cook or organisation isn’t your strong point. I’m the first to admit that finding the time to select recipes, put together a balanced menu plan for the week, create a shopping list, do the shopping and then have everything ready to cook at the right time – even if your recipes are simple – can be somewhat overwhelming at times (especially if you have very young children, have had very little sleep and are trying to grow a business!)

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Menu Planning 101

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Planning meals  for enjoyment, nutrition and ease

I’ve mentioned previously that meal ‘planning’ is a big deal in our household (or at least for me, it is!) My weekly routine looks a little like this:

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Summer Menu Planner

Its taken a while, but the Summer Menu Planner has arrived (just in time for the late summer heat)…

Its no secret that I love food – i’m always in search of new recipes, enjoy reading the latest foodie magazines and daresay my cookbook collection is somewhat larger than average.

When it comes to incorporating all these wonderful dishes and ideas in to daily life, its not always easy. For most of us, it can be a big ask to put together a variety of practical recipes to create meal plans with good nutrition and balance on a consistent weekly basis. It becomes far too easy to rely on old favourites or resort to impromptu take-away on the way home. I can certainly empathise with the recurring daily dilemma of what’s for dinner? Read the rest of this entry »

What’s for dinner?

Planning the week’s menu is a big deal in our household…I even write it up on a big blackboard in the kitchen, café style. Loads more on meal planning yet to come, but for now, this what my family can expect this week… Read the rest of this entry »