I am very fortunate, if I may say, that I am able to wake up without thinking what food to prepare for my family. How is this so? Because my mother-in-law is in charge of cooking, which has its own pros and cons. The downside of having a meal already prepared for you can be a long list but I do not dwell on it anymore. I decided to just be thankful for not being stressed in the morning due to meal preparation.
Well actually, a mom, or any home-maker can be free from stress about meal preparation if there is a planned weekly menu. This saves us from thinking every day what to prepare and also helps us manage our expenditure on our groceries. There are many more reasons why having a planned weekly menu is important like the following.
1. Having a weekly menu ensures that we are not serving the same dish more than once a week to our family.
2. A carefully planned menu helps us, parents, see if we are providing our family the right amount of nutrients they need in the food that we prepare.
3. A planned menu helps us take into consideration our family members’ vaying needs. If one is diabetic, another is hypertensive, one works in a very physical job, preschoolers who needs not only energy-boosting but also loads of brain foods and even infants who are just starting to learn how to eat, all these are taken into account when planning a meal.
4. A planned menu saves lots of time since we can prepare ingredients ahead of time when we have nothing to do and just refrigerate them.
Having a planned menu is something I have tried before and it really works. However, since I am not the regular cook, it is not practiced all the time. But now, I am determined to start cooking regularly. And as a start, I am putting here the food pyramid to serve as my guide, along with the others already posted in our refrigerator.