Reclaiming Meal Planning with The Food Nanny!
Alright, people, you know how my last Menu Plan Monday post was in August? (You probably don't, because I didn't know many of you back then!) Well, it was, and since then dinners have been really all over the place. Sandwiches or pasta every night for a week, or eating out a lot (especially when Jeff was in India in March, and several weeks after), we just need to get this under control.
Enter Liz, The Food Nanny! I met her at Breathing Space (told you I'd tell you more about her!) and she was so inspiring! She talked about how meal plans help your family eat healthier and more cheaply (particularly when cooking almost everything from scratch) and how she regularly cuts families' grocery budgets in half! That sounded fantastic, so I was definitely all ears.
She has recently started a blog in association with her site and her TV show, and I told her I would be happy to work with her to spread the news about her blog and the two week plans she's started releasing! (How great is that—she does the hard part for you!) She sent me her meal planning and recipe book, and though it's mid/endweek and we're all sick here at Chez Eclectic, I figured now is as good a time as any to get going! I'm going to go grocery shopping when I have a spare hour and energy at the same time—but hey, tonight is pizza!
We are going to do our best to follow Liz's plan fairly closely, but we're going to going to switch Grill Night to Sunday, and then make Saturday Asian Night—this will encompass our love for Chinese, Thai, Indian, and sushi! Monday night will be Comfort/Tradition food, where I'll choose one of the meals she lists between the two. I'm posting my own version of the plan because of the small changes I've made, and because I love prettying things up in my own style! (It's almost a sickness/obsession…)
So there it is! My slightly altered version of Liz's plan, color-coordinated to my kitchen! I will also be inputting her recipes into Food Planner on my phone (can be synched to multiple phones, so we can always have a current list!) and using that for pantry inventory/grocery list.
So, are you a meal planner, or a whatever's-in-the-fridge-er? If you're the latter, do you want to learn how to be the former with me? Follow me along, follow The Food Nanny on Facebook and her brand new blog, and lets jump into this adventure together!
Disclosure: Liz sent me her book so I could try out her plan and her recipes. She makes her base plans available for free on her blog and Facebook, and all opinions are my own.