The imperatives of modern life such as the logical and necessary evolution of the role of women have made us lose the know-how that our mothers and grandmothers had in the art of preparing and organizing meals and menus.
The positive aspects of menu organization
Contrary to popular belief, organizing and preparing meals and menus is not very complicated and saves time and money.
Organizing your menus for the week simplifies shopping and avoids asking yourself the endless last-minute question “what am I still going to do for dinner? The forecast limits the number of empty fridges or, on the contrary, the number of fridges that must be disposed of of if they have not been consumed before the deadline.
Our grandmothers understood it well, preparing the week’s menus has 6 major advantages:
- The races are perfectly adapted to the needs of the week.
- Meals being planned in advance they can also be prepared in advance when there is time.
- With the weekly menus established, we can go about our business with a free mind.
- The meals of the week are balanced, at least over 7 days.
- The menus are adapted to everyone’s schedules.
- Leftovers can be more easily cooked.
But be careful, organizing does not mean losing all fantasy, freedom and spontaneity. Just because a menu has been established doesn’t mean a last-minute “pizza party” is impossible! The unexpected can be spontaneous or organized. One or more meals can be booked as free. They may be decided at the last minute or entrusted to children.
Races adapted to the needs of the week
The weekly menus allow you to do your shopping in one go and possibly complete with a few last-minute purchases. The system allows you to be delivered or to be less dependent on work schedules to do your shopping.
Plan menus to solve the fridge problem! Which mother has not found herself confronted with the fridge either empty or full of unused and disposable products because they are out of date? Going shopping without clear ideas of the menus you want to make makes you run the risk of too much or not buying enough. With the forecast this type of galley is taking off!
Prepare meals in advance
Today, the family is faced with a major problem: finding time to cook balanced meals that make children want to eat.
The work, the management of each other’s schedules do not allow everyone to cook every day for every meal. It is true, however, that the temptation to systematically use frozen food or fast food is very tempting. Menu planning and a possible alternative.
Meals can be prepared in advance, which makes it possible to cook with the children. Cooking with them is important because it is an opportunity to do a lot of other things. Cooking is about doing math (dividing or multiplying proportions), travelling with food or dishes, but it is also about anchoring the child in a family history and tradition. Cooking with your daughter or son is giving a soul, a story to food and it is therefore helping you to discover food. A child who hears his mother or father tell how he or she used to cook a dish with his or her own mother, wants to taste this dish even if he or she doesn’t like it.
A stew, a pot, a couscous are dishes that are cooked in advance and can be warmed up at the last minute. For the others it is always possible to freeze them.
If family members do not eat their meals together, prepare single servings that you can freeze.
Preparing frees the mind
A priori, preparing 3 meals a day is not complicated, but preparing 3 balanced, varied, tasty and last minute meals a day is not easy. We all tend to cook the same dishes, either our favourites or the fastest, and finally the preparation of the meal becomes a real pain. Knowing in advance what to cook allows you to keep your mind free all day long. We know exactly what we have to do and when.
Knowing in advance the meal of the evening allows you to cook in the dead time of the day all or part of the meal.
Menu preparation and food balance
We know today that it is important to teach children about balanced nutrition. However, this learning is done daily in the plate. By cooking on a daily basis, it is not easy to ensure that the family consumes enough fruit and vegetables, while the forecast of the week’s menus makes it possible to find a balance that takes into account, over the week, everyone’s tastes and constraints.
The menus allow children to discover all the vegetables.
As far as possible, it is good that children can be involved in the development of menus. This allows you to:
- Review with them what they have eaten during the previous week (especially for those who eat in the canteen)
- Take into account everyone’s tastes and dislikes
- Teach them how to compose menus
- Learn about balanced nutrition