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Meal and Menu Planning for Your Family. Preparing you for your meal at home . Scenario…. Tomorrow you are having friends over for dinner. There will be 8 people in total, 4 adults and 4 children.

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meal and menu planning for your family

Meal and Menu Planning for Your Family

Preparing you for your meal at home 

  • Tomorrow you are having friends over for dinner.
  • There will be 8 people in total, 4 adults and 4 children.
  • You would like to prepare a meal that requires little work while your company is over so you can spend as much time with them as possible.
  • In addition, you know the children are picky eaters and one of the adults is allergic to peanuts.
    • What would you serve based on the information you do have?
    • Is there any other information you need in order to plan your meal?
menu planning
Menu Planning
  • Menu Planning:
    • Constructing a single balanced meal by grouping food groups in their proper amounts.
    • Another example can be for a more formal dinner such as planning and preparing:
      • Hors d\'oeuvres
      • Appetizer – salad or soup
      • Main course/entrée
      • Dessert
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Menu Planning
  • What do you need to consider?
    • Availability of ingredients
    • Preparation time
    • Cost
    • Nutrition
    • Ability/skill in the kitchen
    • Presentation
meal planning
Meal Planning
  • Meal Planning:
    • Planning what you are going to serve for multiple meals for a certain amount of time
meal planning multiple meals
Meal Planning – Multiple Meals
  • May plan for a:
    • Week
    • Day
    • Month
    • Many months

the benefits of meal planning
The Benefits of Meal Planning
  • Saves Time
    • At home and at the grocery store
  • Saves Money
    • Reduces impulse buying
    • Only buy what you need
  • Promotes variety
  • Promotes healthy eating
    • Less likely to grab for something convenient such as fast food
meal planning guidelines
Meal Planning Guidelines
  • Food Preferences
    • Likes and dislikes
  • Nutritional Needs
    • Consider age groups and stages of life
    • A preschooler, teenager, and a grandparent will all have different nutritional needs
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Meal Planning Guidelines
  • Special Dietary Needs
    • Consider allergies, health conditions, etc.
  • Use and availability of resources
    • A person’s skills in the kitchen
    • Cooking equipment available
    • Nearby grocery stores
    • Etc.
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Meal Planning Guidelines
  • Season of the Year
    • Hot and hearty in winter
    • Cool and light in summer
  • Meal Appeal
    • What it looks like: contrasts in food textures, colours, flavour, shape, size, and temperature
    • Garnishes
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Meal Planning Guidelines
  • Cost
    • Factors that affect how much families spend on food
      • Total family income
      • Amount of food eaten away from home
      • Food prices
      • Amount of food waste
      • Types of foods prepared (meat is generally more expensive)
      • Time and skills available/kitchen expertise
      • Knowledge of proper food storage
meal planning tips
Meal Planning Tips
  • Try to choose main dish first (i.e., chicken as your protein, then build around that)
  • Aim for balanced nutrition and variety throughout the week (use Canada’s Food Guide as a resource)
  • Set aside a regular time and place for meal planning
  • Ask family members about plans for the week – may change what you prepare
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Meal Planning Tips
  • Check newspaper ads to see what foods are on sale
  • Plan nutritious snacks as well as meals
  • Check the refrigerator, freezer and kitchen cabinets to see what foods you have on hand
    • Think of ways to use these foods in your plan
  • Make a grocery list
    • Group into grocery areas to get it done faster and more efficiently
meal planning resources
Meal Planning Resources
  • May seem like a lot of work at first, but it becomes easier with practice!
  • In the long run, weekly meal planning is well worth it!
  • Sample handouts:
    • Meal planning chart/Sample weekly meal plan
    • Shopping list in categories
meal planning challenges
Meal Planning Challenges
  • Handout
  • In pairs or small groups, devise strategies for the meal planning challenges for both families and individuals.
your turn
Your Turn!
  • List your family members.
  • Plan a meal that would accommodate all members of your family.
  • Take into account everyone’s schedule, allergies, likes, dislikes, activity level, etc.
  • You may have to substitute/provide alternatives for certain members of your family (this will be good practice for your meal at home planning!)