Ask Anna Pearl – Meal Planning 101 What Do You Like To Eat?

Every family has their favorite meals to eat. These favorites can vary for various reasons. Some of reasons may be regional, family tradition, and personal needs.

* Regional – If your family lives on the Northeast Atlantic shore, perhaps Lobster Bisque is a family favorite. Maybe a Cheese Beefsteak sandwich is your cup of tea in Philadelphia. Tex Mex Chili just might be called for in San Antonia. Whatever the region, you are going to want to include those regional favorites into your meal planning.

* Family Traditions – My maternal grandmother was Norwegian. Many of the recipes that she taught my Mother where traditional foods from the Bergen, Norway area. They are very popular meals in our home. Everyone has those family recipes that have been passed down for generations.

* Personal Needs – There are often personal needs that need to be taken into consideration when planning meals. Food allergies are an excellent example of personal needs. If someone in your family is allergic to milk, you are going to have to plan for lactose free alternative for this person. There may one family member that can not tolerate the taste of liver and onions. (Myself included) Plan accordingly so the rest of the family that loves liver and onions doesn’t have to suffer?

With these things taken into consideration, here is your challenge for today:

Make a list of your 14 to 21 favorite meals. Use pretty paper and your very best handwriting. If you are able, laminate this list and put it on your refrigerater.

According to, “The beauty of turning it into a list is that when you sit down to plan, you don’t have to wrack your brain thinking “Now what do we like to eat??”. You glance at your list and start slotting things into your plan. Bada bing, bada boom.”

(BTW, has a bootcamp on meal planning that totally rocks!)

On Friday, we will start the meal planning process!! You do not want to miss this one.

Anna Pearl~

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