We haven?t talked about meal planning for awhile. Figuring out what to
make for dinner on weeknights was hard when I first started on the Ornish
route two years ago. Now I have a pattern in my head which helps. Ideally
I plan for the work week during the weekend, and buy all the necessary
groceries, but weekends are busy too.
I tend to think of meals by main carbohydrate:
bread: (enchilada, pizza, wrap)
The rice, pasta, potato or bread is either the main ingredient in a
casserole or the base for some type of topping. The other main ingredient
is a protein item such as beans, tofu or a meat analog. When I decide what
to make for the next week I first ask myself which basic combinations we
have not eaten for awhile.
An evening meal at our house consists of a main dish, a vegetable, fresh
fruit, and, usually, homemade yeast or quick bread or muffins from the
freezer. Sometimes the vegetable or bread are part of the main dish.
This summer I put eight recipe cards in my purse for main dishes that can
be made very quickly. Then on my disorganized weeks I just run into the
grocery store on my way home from work and pick up ALL the ingredients for
one or two recipes. I don?t even try to remember if I have any of the
ingredients at home, but buy everything so that I can just make it very
quickly. The cards have been very helpful for main dish ideas and to
remind me of all the ingredients which we like in a dish-?I don?t want to
waste time searching for a substitution.