Remember to start small and recognize that over time this becomes a lot easier. Plan a basic breakfast for each day, and keep this simple. Finally, search the web and use other people's ideas to get started.
Goal: choose 5-6 meals that will form dinners, and leftovers for lunch. This leaves 1-2 meals per week to eat out, go over to someone's house, etc.
Tips: Use local flyers to choose 1 meat, and potentially a few veggies that will make up the back bone of your meals. Try to prepare the meat differently several times throughout the week. If you can cook once and re-purpose the leftovers even better. Check out these Turkey and Roast Beef examples for ideas.
Breakfast: Bagels & Cream Cheese/Cereal & Milk
Snacks: Yogurt, Granola bars
Meal 1: Vegetarian Stir-fry & Rice
Meal 2: Sloppy Joes (ground turkey)
Meal 3: Soft Tacos (ground turkey)
Meal 4: Hamburger Surprises (ground turkey)
Meal 5: Taco Salad
Goal: Created a detailed plan for each meal and day of the week.
Tips: Start out coming up with 6-7 dinners that can double as lunch leftovers. Slot these into your meal plan, then fill in the breakfasts. Then add the snacks.
|Su||Granola + Yogurt||Clementine||Oven Roasted Chicken Legs + Sm. Salad (1/2 Romaine, Tomato, 1/2 Pepper, 1 carrot)||Yogurt + Apple||Chicken Soup|
|Mo||Oatmeal||Carrots & Celery+ 1/2 c. raisins||Left over Oven Roasted Chicken Legs + Sm. Salad (1/2 Romaine, Tomato, 1/2 Pepper, carrot)||Yogurt + Apple||Herb Butter Salmon + Brown rice + Beans|
|Tu||Granola + Yogurt||Carrots & Celery+ 1/2 c. raisins||Left over rice w/ soy sauce + Sm. Salad (1/2 Romaine, Tomato, 1/2 Pepper, 1 carrot)||Yogurt + Apple||Slowcooker Beef Stew + Potatoes|
|We||Granola + Yogurt||Carrots & Celery+ 1/2 c. raisins||Potato Salad + Sm. Salad (1/2 Romaine, Tomato, 1/2 Pepper, 1 carrot)||Yogurt + Apple||Chicken soup + Bagel w/ cream cheese|
|Th||Oatmeal||Carrots & Celery+ 1/2 c. raisins||Greek Salad (1/2 Cucumber, tomato, mushrooms, feta, red onion, pepper) + Bagel w/ cream cheese||Yogurt + Apple||Chicken Ceasar Salad (1 Romaine, parmasan, 1 Chicken breast)|
|Fr||Granola + Yogurt||Carrots & Celery+ 1/2 c. raisins||Left over Slowcooker Beef Stew + Ceasar Salad (1/2 Romaine, parmasan)||Yogurt + Apple||Salad (1 Romaine, Tomato, 1 Pepper, carrot)|
|Sa||Oatmeal||Clementine||Chicken soup + bagel w/ cream cheese||Yogurt + Apple||Greek Salad (1/2 Cucumber, tomato, mushrooms, feta, red onion, pepper)|