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How do you plan meals?

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Created July 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I've started doing proper style meal planning lately and have found it really helps me stick to my Whole30. The other threads on this are pretty old, so thought I would kick this one out for discussion again.

How do you plan your meals? (Do you?)

Does anyone use paleoplan or similar meal planning services? Just thinking aloud here, but would you pay for personalised meal plans to save yourself the time, or do you enjoy it?

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This sounds the most similar to what I'm currently doing.. Good to hear the other approaches, though!

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on July 23, 2012
at 10:19 PM

I'm a big fan of going to the store and thinking, "oh, that looks good." A similar pattern ensues when I open my refrigerator.

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on July 24, 2012
at 01:04 AM

I have a multi-focal approach. I've managed to build up a decent selection of protein in the freezer (ground beef, trout, Spanish chorizo, bacon, chicken cuts, a few other things I'm sure) and a few frozen veggies for when I don't have fresh and don't feel like a store run (mostly chopped spinach and broccoli florets). Sometimes I just pull stuff out of the freezer and go with that, along with olive oil or whatever animal fat I have in the fridge. Potatoes, eggs, and milk are kept on hand most of the time as well. In spring and summer, like now, I have a garden to eat out of, so that helps especially with the fresh salad fixings. When I go to the store, I look and see if there is anything on sale that looks good, especially in the big family packs so I can add to my freezer hoard, and go from there. Sometimes I'll consult my handy-dandy Pinterest board for ideas.

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on July 23, 2012
at 10:23 PM

Perhaps oddly, meal planning often ends up making me more stressed out than just winging it. So, my routine is pretty much this:

1) Buy a bunch of meat monthly (meat CSA) and store in freezer (wish I had a chest freezer) 2) Buy a bunch of veggies weekly 3) Once or twice a week, thaw some meats 4) Wing it such that meals generally fall into the meat + 1-2 veg + (potato/sweet potato/plantain, most often, sometimes white rice) template

I roast lots of chickens and braise a lot of roasts in the crock pot.

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on July 23, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Saturday: Go to Whole Foods. Buy 5-10lbs of meat (whatever's on sale) and some eggs. Sunday: Go to super cheap grocery store. Buy as much veg as I can physically haul back on my bike.

Whenever I need more food, I throw a piece of meat into the slow cooker with tomatoes and onions + spices, and leave it cook while I'm at work. Then I eat it over the next few days. With vegetables (including starchy veg like sweet potatoes).

I hard boil three eggs and microwave a sweet potato every night for my PWO breakfast the next morning. I throw some meat/veg in a Tupperware for lunch. Other than that, my "meal planning" consists of looking at the fridge and realizing I need to put more meat in the slow cooker.

Then again, I have very simple tastes.

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on July 23, 2012
at 10:21 PM

I generally walk to the Sunflower Market right near my condo, find what meats are on sale, and buy a pound of whatever looks good, then go and get 2-3 veggies to cook with it. I generally have a good supply of spices at home to work with. Thats as far as I go with planning. I love deciding the day of....keeps the variety there.

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on July 24, 2012
at 02:21 AM

I don't really plan because breakfast rarely deviates from the usual.. eggs and spinach.

Lunch I eat at my local health food store's hot bar.

And I pick up that night's dinner while I'm there: a protein, which I'll pan sear, and a veg, which I roast on a cookie sheet with olive oil and salt.

I'll get more creative if I cook for someone else. But its just me and my two year old.

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on July 24, 2012
at 12:56 AM

Sunday is usually a roast with veggies in the crockpot. One night a fish/seafood night. I cook a chicken in the crockpot for the broth and we'll usually have a soup and then have leftover meat for lunches. Grill out about once a week. (have done brats and steaks in snowstorms) Usually a stirfry. Sometimes breakfast for supper or a meatless night. Fill in with cooked and raw veggies, salads, fruit, sometimes a coconut flour recipe I've tried. Lately we've been having kraut with our meals. I save money if I do a menu. Still have six kids at home with heavy eating sports players, airsofters, swimmers, (the list goes on) Need to be prepared.

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on July 24, 2012
at 12:18 AM

I plan my meals for the week based on what I get from the farmers' market Saturday morning. I use various sites to get ideas if I feel I'm stuck in a rut. My go-to sites are NomNomPaleo.com, EverydayPaleo.com, and theclothesmakethegirl.com.

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on July 24, 2012
at 12:13 AM

Identify recipes I'd like to make on Chowstalker.com and then organize them on Pinterest. Choose enough recipes to do 3 different meals for the week - weekend meals, weekday dinners and weekday lunches.

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on July 24, 2012
at 12:08 AM

I eat one meal a day. For that meal I make sure that at least a pound of meat is ready to go. Anything else I throw together with it is just "gravy" so to speak.

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on July 23, 2012
at 10:20 PM

On Sundays, I go to my Pinterest board for Paleo recipes. I jot down the recipes I want to make based on what what's in season. I write out the ingredients, shop at the store Sunday, farmer's market on Monday. Easy. I wouldn't pay for a service that meal plans for me. It's too easy to do it myself.

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on July 24, 2012
at 05:19 AM

This sounds the most similar to what I'm currently doing.. Good to hear the other approaches, though!

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