Planning is a success tool we seriously under-utilise in the world’s most important job of being a mum! Using the simple strategy of meal planning can resolve a tonne of stress, who wouldn’t PAY for that!!! I am going to give you a head start and share with you my “Meal Planning Ideas” guide.
If you receive my newsletter you will have been able to download your very own copy of my “Ultimate Planning Tool”. (If you would like this amazing gift then simply sign up on this page and get cracking immediately! Any issues, just email firstname.lastname@example.org). My clients rave about this tool and have said it is “worth its weight in GOLD”! This will guarantee you success on your health and well-being journey!
So let’s begin with meal planning, do you know what’s on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week, or even next week? If you did, how much easier would your life be? You will have clarity, NO last minute stress, shopping will be a breeze AND you will have time freedom…..
Quality PLANNING leads to quality results! This is true for successful businesses so why on earth do we not do this in our homes? This may be one of the most important pieces of guidance I can offer and it is certainly something I see valuable for the clients I support to achieve the very best of physical and emotional wellness!
Use the ideas below to create your plan and if you downloaded your copy of the “Ultimate Planning Tool” then build on this idea of meal planning with all the other elements to create TOTAL bliss in your life!
This is taken from the Meal Planning chapter in my book, “Nourishing Your Child for Health & Happiness”. Tweak these ideas to create the plan that suits your child’s needs and enjoy your new found TIME and dinner time joy!
|Style/Ingredient||Option 1||Option 2||Option 3||Tips|
|Eggs||Scrambled, poached, fried, omelette, frittata||Baked Porridge & muffins||Grain free muffins||Use quality fats and seasonal veg, fruit and soaked nuts/seeds. Most of these provide plenty of leftovers for snack or another meal so consider doubling to make the most of this then freezing|
|Oats||Porridge||Baked porridge||Slices & bars||Soak oats overnight before use to reduce anti-nutrient impact. Slices/bars can be frozen or will keep in an air tight container for a week|
|Pancakes||Overnight soaked spelt flour||Almond meal or coconut flour||Pikelets||Use quality fats for added nutrition. Any of these are great lunch box additions spread with butter & fermented jam|
|Muffins||Overnight soaked spelt||Savoury||Grain free||Use quality fats to enhance digestion & nutrition, great for freezing so make a big batch|
|Granola (grain or grain free)||Layered with yoghurt & berries||Served with raw or coconut milk||Eaten as trail mix on the go||Very portable & great snack option, use as a fancy dessert or breakfast|
|Smoothie||Raw milk||Coconut Milk/cream||Nut milk||Add coconut oil, frozen fruit, organic superfoods powder, excellent for recovery from illness or in times of reduced appetite|
|Sourdough||Toast with butter & fermented jam||French toast||Toasted raw cheese sandwich||Use abundant quality fats for spreading to maximise nutrition eg butter/coconut oil, raw cheese|
|Raw Dairy||Ice-cream||Yoghurt||Cheese platter & snacks||Home-made versions can be made with quality nutrition loaded ingredients with minimal sweeteners, add raw cheese daily to your child’s meals for probiotic and nutrition value|
|Roast||Chicken||Beef/Lamb||Fish||Serve with vegetables/salad & bone broth gravy/dressings or condiments|
|Mince||Pork & beef mince meatballs||Chicken mince skewers||Bolognese with diced liver||Include egg or yoghurt & crumbs/flour for binding along with grated veg and bone broth cubes or gelatin powder to enhance protein value & gut support|
|Slow Cooked||Whole chicken or large cut of meat||Soup||Stew||Saute onions & brown meat first for added flavour, use bone broth & veg for additional nutrition & taste|
|Sourdough||Pizza||Calzone||Toasted Sandwich||Use your child’s favourite ingredients, serve with salad & dressing|
|Sausages||Beans & snags||Sausage curry||BBQ||Serve with veg & condiments, sourdough bread hotdogs for BBQ, always cook extra for leftovers|
|Braises||Red meat and tomato, shanks, osso bucco or cubed meat||Moroccan or Indian||Meat & soaked rice/quinoa||Use bone broth as the liquid, coconut milk/cream where appropriate & loads of veg|
|Patties||Mince of any kind, beef & pork combo is very tasty||Salmon or tuna (wild/sustainably fished)||Leftovers||Add grated veg, binding if needed, gelatin or bone broth & grated liver, serve with condiments|
|Chicken||Roast||Coconut curry||Marinated wings or pieces||Bone broth for cooking & use spices/herbs to flavour|
|Rice||Risotto with soaked rice||Kichiri with dahl||Pudding with coconut milk||Use bone broth where appropriate & quality fats to enhance nutrition|
|Soup||Meat & veg||Pumpkin||Lentil||Use bone broth, sauté onion & veg in fat before adding liquid for flavour|
|Salad||Meal in a salad (use everything)||Warm veg salad||Grain based: Thai rice noodle salad or quinoa||Use dressings to enhance flavour & nutrition, olive oil is a must|
|Legumes||Baked beans||Cassoulet (meat & beans)||Beans & rice or refried in a layered dip meal||Use bone broth to cook the soaked beans & sea vegetables to enhance nutrition|
|Condiments (fermented)||Sauerkraut||Chutney||Sauces & mayo||Make your own & add what your family likes for abundant probiotic goodness & taste|
|Seafood||BBQ or pan fry||Chowder (with buttered sourdough)||Stew or bake||Use quality fats for cooking & fish bone broth with veg|
|Vegetables||Coconut curry||Roast veg salad with organic feta||Veggie & nut loaf||Use any veg & broth to enhance nutrition, add quality cheese or eggs|
|Pork||Bacon & eggs||Braised chops with roasted pears||Roast with crackle||Choose quality sources, brine before cooking (except bacon) in salt, water & desired flavours|