- Posted February 12, 2013 by
Planning a meal is like planning a major event, except in a smaller scale, as there’s only one aspect involved, which is the food to prepare. Usually in gatherings such as annual Christmas dinners, Thanksgiving dinners, or weddings, the main event is usually the food served, as that is always the one being remembered. Let’s face it, we all love to eat, even those with special diets have a favorite food or two (and these days, may sometimes, more often than not be referred to as “cheat” days to indulge).
Christmas dinners usually are the most special of all, the dinner table turning into a showcase of foods to enjoy. Of course, the menu should be carefully planned. If the dinner would be potluck, there should be people designated who would bring dessert, appetizer, main course, etc. Or else, the dinner table would look like people just brought in whatever they wanted, and it might end up, say, like a table full of desserts with no main course. Those with special diets should also be considered in planning events, as well as certain allergies, if there are guests with certain sensitivities.
Going back to school means making sure children get the best nutrition they need when they are away from home. Recipes online have easy-to-prepare meals parents can prepare beforehand. Healthy meals can be made attractive also to children, such as having creative ways to make sandwiches or arranging food in an attractive way. Some schools already regulate what is usually served in school cafeterias to make sure children get good nutrition early.
For special diets, such as vegetarian diets or low-cholesterol or low-salt, recipes online as well as books give suggestions and recipes to make food in a diet program more interesting. Recipes and combinations and a dash of creativity make diet not a chore.
The Internet is a limitless place for sources! Vegetarian diets, for one thing have gone beyond salads. Tofu, nuts, acai berries (tossed in yogurt or salad), and beans provide excellent protein sources so vegans get their protein source from non-meat products. Indian cuisine provides tasty vegetarian dishes that are far from bland.
Meal planning may be a tedious task since it means to sit down and carefully draw out a plan. It’s a way of creating meals and combinations to fit a budget, so you don’t end up spending too much. It may take a bit of time, but if you love food and a bit of adventure, not only will you discover new dishes to try but who knows, save a bit of money as well.