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As easy as planning the menu!

In the new episode of the podcast “A gust amb la Terra” we discover ways to organize our everyday life: planning our menu saves us time, money and headaches

Although autumn came a long time ago, we are still in a testing period. There are many who remain in that limbo between the return to the routine and the maladaptation: resuming schedules, day to day, or the healthy habits forgotten or waiting to be achieved is a pending task. And that’s why planning a menu is essential.

We have Noelia López, Nestlé nutritionistto discuss the importance of planning, key piece after the holidays.

Plan the menu… why?

The first point to consider according to the expert is ours reality: we must adapt to our rhythm of life. Because the planning of a person who lives alone and has an intensive working day is not the same as a family with complex schedules.

Planning is essential for a number of factors:

  • We take away a daily worry. Planning our menu avoids doubts, renouncing the appeal “what do we eat today
  • We don’t run the risk of running out of ingredients. Organizing the food means that we know what we need and in what quantity, so improvising is not an option, and it is ruled out that we are missing ingredients.
  • Less waste. We calculate to make what we will eat. No more and no less.
  • More savings. If we know what we will eat, it is easier to guarantee more care in our purchase, so it will be easier to save.
  • Healthier menu. Because we leave improvisation for specific moments and adjust to the recommended portions, variety and good habits.

And the best of all is that, even if we don’t believe it, Noelia López assures that planning a weekly menu… doesn’t take more than 20 minutes!

How to make a good shopping list

But to be able to make this planning a reality we need to have a good management of the ingredients, so it is necessary to make a shopping list that fulfills its task: to efficiently organize the obtaining of the food necessary to plan our menu.

The Nestlé nutritionist provides a series of tricks:

  • review our fridge, pantry, freezer. Seeing what we have is essential to making a good list.
  • Provision of food at the supermarket. Sorting each ingredient or food according to the group to which they belong or the area of ​​the super where they are arranged will save us time and help us not to overlook anything.
  • Choose quality food. A good shopping list will always adapt to the season: we must consume fresh, seasonal and local products.
  • Promotions, coupons. Paying attention to active promotions or coupons and buying, to some extent, based on this, makes our shopping cheaper and more efficient.
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Basic foods

Regardless of how we make the grocery list, eating healthy means always having certain basics at home. Our pantry can never lack fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and derivatives, eggs, nuts (roasted or raw).

But there are occasions when no matter how much care and attention we put into it, there is always something left behind.

Foods that take us out of the way

In this sense, there are a number of foods that can take us out of the commitment: they are easy to preserve, last a long time and can always be put to use.

We are talking about foods such as canned and frozen foods:

  • Piquillo peppers
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Cans of prepared vegetables
  • Lentils
  • chickpeas
  • Frozen vegetables

Reuse of envelopes

We can always fail in the calculation: even if we plan the menu, many times it is inevitable that we are spared. The easiest? Take advantage of them for other meals of the week, combining them, giving them a second chance. This implies:

  • Less effort: because the food is already made, so we save the time to make more.
  • Avoid waste: we don’t throw anything away because we consume it in another food or in another way.
  • creativity: To some extent, looking for another use in a dish makes us bring out our most creative vein and experiment with flavors and textures.

Batch cooking

In this context, it is worth highlighting the so-called Batch cooking, that planning tool that allows you to cook in a few hours for a week. In other words, the essence of planning.

Do you dare to try it?

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