Planning My Meals Ahead of Time is a Challenge

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Relying on our pantry supplies for the time being, I am trying to plan out my meals using what we have on hand – it’s either that, or we make the daily trek into down for our meats and veggies!

While I do enjoy getting out of the camper and going into town, this is not a cost-effective strategy! First, we simply have no way of keeping our foods cold for the time being, and second, our fuel budget would take a serious hit!

In planning meals, I have to think about both our tastes. Mom prefers to have her foods separated… for example, she likes sitting down to a plate of roast beef, potatoes and a veggie… while I don’t mind having soup or stew on a regular basis!

What we could do, is buy a roast, makes some ‘taters and a veggie – this way mom gets her separates on the plate for one meal – and then we can put the leftovers in the slow-cooker to make a pot roast or a stew for the next meal!

So far, so good!

But here’s where things get a bit tricky!

I’ve always been told that planning meals ahead of time helps you find quick options – especially if you want it to be compatible with your eating plan!

In theory, I think it’s a good idea! However, planning meals ahead has always been a challenge for me!

I mean seriously, how can I plan my meals ahead of time, when I don’t know what I will be hungry for?!?

To my thinking, if I go ahead and plan a weeks’ worth of meals… say Wednesday, I plan to eat Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon… but Wednesday comes, and now I’m not hungry for Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon!

Then what?!? Do I go ahead and eat what was previously planned, simply because I need to eat?

Shouldn’t I be at least interested in what I am going to eat – that way I can enjoy my meal?

Isn’t that part of what makes you successful in a healthy eating plan? If I enjoy what I am eating, I am more likely to continue following my healthy eating plan, right?!?

Okay, so I could adapt, and use something else that was planned for the week – say Saturday, I plan to have Roasted Bell Peppers – I could have that, in place of Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon…

but then… the time comes in the week when I planned to eat the Roasted Bell Peppers! However, I’ve already eaten the Roasted Bell Peppers back on Wednesday! Now, I am stuck eating the Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon that I didn’t want back on Wednesday! Why did I ever plan to eat Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon!

See my dilemma?!?

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

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Wanting to travel, we left our traditional homestead behind... now we're obsessed with combining old fashioned skills, travel and healthy eating on the open road! Welcome to our homestead!

One thought on “Planning My Meals Ahead of Time is a Challenge

  1. I love the season of soups because while it may not work for your mom, it does work for my son who is also really picky about combining foods. But he seems to be acceptable of soups. I could put meat and potatoes and carrots on a plate and he moans about them touching, put the same three in a bowl with broth and call it soup and he’s totally fine. Needless to say- we’re having a lot of soups right now and he’s getting more veggies in too! Whew! I feel for you though. It’s hard to plan like that and even harder to meet everyone’s variance in taste.

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