In the last few months, my schedule has gotten crazy. Juggling married life, work and all of my numerous projects have made meal times for me very far and in-between. Being healthy is very important to me so I decided to start doing something that worked great for me in the past- Meal Planning.
For me, meal planning consists of making a menu(generally Breakfast and Dinner since I usually have leftovers for lunch) for two weeks at a time. With my two week menu in hand, I create a grocery list on and go shopping on Saturday to ensure that I have everything for my meals. On Sundays, I go through the menu for that week(Monday-Sunday) and try to prep as much as possible. I cut up all the necessary veggies and herbs(onions, tomatoes, cilantro, etc) and also season all meats that I’ll be using from Monday-Wednesday(I season Thursday-Sundays meats on Wednesday). These meal planning steps are great for me because:
I know some people don’t like the idea of meal planning because they prefer to cook whatever they’re in the mood for at that moment. Well, you can still do that. There are days where I don’t want to eat what’s on the menu for that day, so what do I do? I just swap that meal for another day’s meal. For instance, let's say it’s Tuesday and I have Chicken Fricassee with Rice on the menu but I really want a juicy Hamburger and fries(which is on the menu(for Thursday) for dinner, all I would do is switch Thursday’s meal for Tuesday’s. There. Completely Satisfied!
So, why am I telling you about my meal planning? Well, because it’s part of “Lifestyles-Halal Recipes”. I will be starting a new series titled “Going Hard With Meal Planning” in which I will post my two week menu and recipes for each meal. I’d love for you to join me by using my menus and recipes and sharing your thoughts/pictures in the comments section.
The first menu will be posted shortly. Pictures and recipes will be added at the end of each week.
What are your thoughts on Meal Planning? Have you done it? If so, what did you like about it? What didn't you like about it?
Asalaam Aleikum! Welcome to the "Lifestyle-Halal Recipes" section where I, Lady_Meansie, will inshaAllah be providing you with halal meal recipes, meal and menu planning ideas and other things pertaining to delicious, homemade, halal food.