Today’s tip comes out of my grandmother’s ancient copy of The Betty Crocker’s Cookbook in the back of the “Special Helps” section. I found it inspiring for how to approach meal planning, and I thought you’d enjoy it too!
What’s the secret ingredient that marks the difference between mere food and meal that evokes murmurs of appreciation from an appreciative family or guests?
The answer is a well-planned meal. And what makes for a well-planned meal? Variety – foods that vary in shape and size, food textures that contrast (smooth vs. crunchy); food flavors that blend; food colors that combine harmoniously or spark an otherwise colorless dish; food garnishes that add the artist’s touch to a perfectly prepared dish. All these add up to meals that bring the family to the table almost before you can call them.”
Fun, huh? Sometimes this can seem intimidating, when really all you want is to get your family fed by something other than drive-thru at the corner. However, I want to encourage you that all it takes is a little practice to learn how to use leftover herbs to garnish your presentation, or add a dish with spice and variety into your standard meat-and-potatoes plans. So go get your inner artist on, pull out a cookbook & have some fun planning your menu!