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Before I proceed to posting mouth watering cuisines and good food ideas, let me first share you important basic guidelines in meal planning.
It is my role as a mother to plan and prepare meals carefully to provide the family nutritious food. Wise budgeting and having the knowledge of buying the right kind of food would make meal planning easier. Remember the basic food groups, its sources and the nutrients they give. Taking classes can be useful in deciding what kind of nutrients your family needs.
Here are some Basic Guidelines in Meal Planning
- Make a Food Plan. Consider the food nutrients that you get from the food like vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and protein.
- Consider the family budget in planning daily or weekly meals. Buy foods that are in season, especially fruits and vegetables.
- Consider the size of the family. Prepare food good enough for every member of the family.
- As much as possible, prepare two (2) sets of weekly menus. With two sets, a menu may be used alternately. Choose a menu that is most preferred by the family.
- Cook and serve simple and easy-to-prepare but nutritious one dish meals such as “sinigang” (Meat in sinigang (e.g., fish, pork, shrimp, or beef) is often stewed with tamarinds, tomatoes, and onions) or “nilaga” (stewed or boiled meat or fish with vegetables)
- Alternate the serving of foods of different flavors and textures.
- Plan meals suited to the weather conditions and seasons. Serve heavy meals that are good during the cold or rainy season. Serve light meals that are good during hot weather or summertime
We should always consider the proper planning of the menu so that we get the most out of the money spent on food items.
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