Meal planning can be the toughest part, though, because often I run out of groceries/potential meals, before I find time to plan for a new grocery trip. I have discovered that the grocery store without a plan simply turns into an expensive snack run. This year when I was in the busiest part of my work season, I found myself at the store with no plan, but a desperate need for a few days worth of meals. So I developed a new personal meal strategy that defies all conventional meal planning wisdom: color coding.
Yes, that's right, I planned meals with a meat, fruit and vegetable with ONLY ONE COLOR featured. We may not have had a color balance, but the meals were filling and the substance felt complete. Imagine something like the following:
|roasted sweet potato|
|fresh cantaloupe with mint|
|Fish tacos in a YELLOW corn tortilla, roasted YELLOW corn salsa and fresh pineapple|
Let's go further!
pesto chicken, roasted brussel sprouts and a green salad
crockpot BBQ, red slaw (red cabbage, red delicious apples, red onions) and watermelon
And the variations in the colors are probably quite endless. So the next time you need a simple meal solution, try thinking monochromatically and see what creative meals you make. I would love hear your ideas!