Meal planning is probably the biggest challenge in cooking for me. When I make a meal, I usually just make a main dish, but nothing else. Family and friends often tell me that it is easy to plan an entire meal, and for them it is. Unfortunately for me, my mind goes blank when I try to figure out what else to include with my main dish.
Planning for a meal, whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner, should not be as hard as it is for me. I am not yet sure how I will improve in this area, but I am determined to do so.
Sure, I can make food. Cooking recipes is not too difficult. The problem for me is that I do not know what would go best with the food I make, which is usually nothing more than a main dish.
Yes, I know a meal should have about three components: the main dish, a vegetable, and some other side dish. It is knowing or understanding what foods go well together that stumps me.
This, to me, is the flaw of almost every cookbook I own. Very few of them actually offer suggestions for side dishes. What I just wrote probably sounds stupid or ridiculous to a lot of people, but this really is a problem for me.
At this point in my life, menu planning doesn’t even enter my mind until about 5pm, when pangs of hunger start to strike. By that time, because I am already hungry, I rummage through the fridge or freezer, looking for something that I can make quickly and easily. This usually means that I “create” a ready-made meal that is lacking on taste and nutrition. And, I still do not include the all-important side dishes.
I am completely open to help with this. Please feel free to send me your suggestions on how I can improve with making meals by visiting my Contact Us page. I will gladly give you credit for your suggestion on meal planning.