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Εάν αισθάνεστε ότι το πρόγραμμά σας έχει αρχίσει πάλι να «φορτώνεται», δεν είστε οι μόνοι. Ο Σεπτέμβριος ανέκαθεν ήταν ο μήνας που σηματοδοτεί την έναρξη της νέας σεζόν. Οι καλοκαιρινές διακοπές έχουν τελειώσει, τα σχολεία ανοίγουν, κάθε κατεργάρης επιστρέφει στον πάγκο του και έτσι ξαφνικά η ζωή μας ανεβάζει ρυθμούς. Καιρός να μπαίνουμε σε πρόγραμμα. Διότι εγώ χωρίς πρόγραμμα δεν μπορώ να λειτουργήσω.
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If you have the feeling that your life just got really busy again, you’re not alone. September has always been the month that marks new beginnings. Summer vacations are over, schools open soon and everyone is on fall mode. It’s that time of the year that you have to start being organized again. I have a thing for organizing and planning as you may have noticed.
One of the most helpful “tools” is meal planning. It’s a life saver planning process for every housewife and the answer to the classic question “What’s for lunch/dinner today?”. Planning an entire week of meals may sound boring and complicated, but if you already familiar with it, you will understand it’s value, as you can save both time and money on grocery shopping and food delivery.At this point I would like to say that our eating habits are no different than any other average Greek family. We eat almost everything, I cook usually every day – unless we have leftovers – and most of the time we have some kind of dessert for our sweet tooth.
If you like to start meal planning, here are some tips:
1. Set a day that suits you for planning and another for grocery shopping. I usually do meal planning on Friday evening, as Saturday morning is shopping day.
2. Check your schedule. For “busy” days, schedule a quick and easy meal or leftovers. Don’t forget to mark any lunch or dinner invitations.
3. Try setting theme days. A day for pasta, another for seafood or vegetables etc. Remember to keep a balance in your meals. For example, my schedule usually includes a rotation of fish, chicken, pasta, vegetables, pies and meat.
4. Write down your meal plan. Use a calendar or a simple notepad. This will help you remember what you have planned and you can repeat after a while.
5. Try new recipes. There is one new recipe every week on my meal plan. I like to try new recipes that I find in magazines and on the internet. My favorite recipe source is Pinterest. When I find a recipe, I print it immediately keep it in my recipe book.
6. Write down your grocery shopping list. Once you make your plan, write your list. There is no worse thing than missing ingredients once you start cooking.
7. Check your pantry and refrigerator for ingredients you already have. That way you will use your supplies and save money on unnecessary purchases.
8. Remember to include your favorite recipes in your meal plan. That way everyone will be happy.
9. Check with meal plan suits you. For example, I started meal planning on a weekly basis, but as I moving on I found out that a monthly meal planning was better for me.
10. Display your meal plan so everyone can see it, eg on the refrigerator door. With aglance you will know what you have to cook and will save you some time on answering questions about lunch/dinner. On the internet you can find a huge selection of free printable meal planning forms (you can find my pins here) or you can download the one that I’ve created here.
Stay tuned …