DIARY OF A CHEF AT HOME
a collection of holistic nutrition tips & tricks, plus many of Food on the Table's favourite recipes
Recently, I hosted my Rockstar Kitchen Navigator course, and I must say that it’s a great meal planning class for anyone! In class, you can find seniors, teenagers, vegetarians, meat eaters, you name it. They join us to increase their food consciousness by gaining cooking skills, adopting new recipes and learning to read important nutritional information. This course is one of my favourites because meal planning is at the core of my teachings. And, you may have heard me say this before, but here it is again…
Meal planning changed my life, forever!
It is so important to adopting a stress-free lifestyle, that I don’t think you should miss out. It saves time and money. You will reduce the need to spend precious moments clearing out the unused and spoiled food, every week…(not to mention lost funds $$!). Plus, good meal planning can nearly eliminate your need to purchase the processed foods that so often come with a hefty price tag.
How to do it?
Add meal planning to your weekly schedule – give yourself 20-30min at first, the more you practice the faster and more efficient you’ll become. At first, it might be easier to do it twice a week or every three or four days. Choose a couple of recipes that you know you’ve mastered. If one of those mastered recipes includes an item that you can buy cheaper in bulk, then use that item to get creative. For example, if you know your grocer has a better price on a family pack of high-quality chicken thighs, then find a new recipe that includes chicken thighs. And, if your mastered recipe also has peppers then grab a friend’s cookbook or Google “sweet peppers and chicken thigh recipes” to find a different theme with the same ingredients.
A few more ideas will round out your planning:
Making a list:
One of the best ways to make a list is to start off by visualizing your grocery store... Got it? Now, most grocery stores have fresh items on the outskirts of the store and the packaged and processed items are in the middle. So, make your list with headers for the departments on the outskirts first. Then add headers for the other departments that you will finish up with – hopefully by time you get to those aisles you’ll want to get out of there and won’t be tempted by premade meals.
Here are a couple of pointers for your first time:
I’d like to say that it’s easy to stay inspired, but with busy lives it becomes much more difficult. However, I suggest making food a part of your social calendar. This can bring you and your family a great deal of joy. If you take my next Rockstar Kitchen Navigator course, I will provide you with wonderful food goals to keep you inspired.
Until then, here are just a few teasers to keep you going:
My next class is on January 25th and you don’t have to be a certified Rockstar Kitchen Navigator to join us for Stocked Up! With every class you receive valuable handouts including a meal planner and grocery list for the week, an invite to my Facebook study group and amazing shareable experiences. As a group, we aim to be inclusive and listen to each other’s personal food experiences to help expand our knowledge and gain valuable food prep and cooking skills. I hope you’ll join us!
Here's a Meal Planner & Grocery List Template for YOU! Print it off and hang it up somewhere (preferably in the kitchen) and try it out for you few weeks. I think you'll like it!
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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