I’m a rule follower. For me, life runs more smoothly when I have routine and rules.
If you’re a fan of the show Friends, you should know that Monica Geller is my spirit animal. One of my favorite Monica quotes is “Rules are good! Rules help control the fun!” I am here for this statement. As a rule-follower by nature, I tend to put rules in place; sometimes to help control the fun but honestly for me, they help control all the things. Maybe it’s just a “Monica” thing?
When it comes to meal planning, I have a few rules that work for my family. According to Hartman, four in ten consumers don’t look forward to deciding what’s for dinner. With a few rules and a simple formula, meal planning for me is a little easier and a lot more enjoyable. If you’re like Monica and you like rules too, read on for my top three!
My “go-to” sides are these:
Carbs or Starchy Veggies
Now that you have my secret formula, feel free to share it and personalize it. I do add in dairy and fruit as it fits with the meal or recipe and I love to experiment with new recipes on the weekend when I have more time.
So, there you have it. Simple, balanced, and convenient for the win.
See, rules do help control the fun! The fun of meal planning, that is.
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Disclosure: I'm a registered dietitian for Tyson Foods, Inc. but the opinions I share on this blog are my own.