Remember my 10 rules for meal planning success? I've noticed that several of them have been touted recently in the blogosphere. I didn't invent the concepts behind the rules and others who write about the concepts are not quoting me. The rules are just my take on sensible guides that can help you go from feeling crazy after you prepare a meal - or too afraid to even try making one because it seems such a daunting task - to confident meal preparation that leaves you smiling as you sit down to eat.
Am I overselling the rules? I don't think so, but you be the judge.
Meal planning rule # 1 - Be realistic but brave
Have you ever begun a project and quit mid-way through because you got so discouraged? I have - with a quilting project that drove me to the brink of madness because I picked a pattern way too intricate for a beginner. Luckily a friend who is an expert quilter came to the rescue. If you've never prepared a complete dinner by yourself before, don't start with a complicated recipe for beef baked in a pastry shell combined with a scalloped potato casserole and green beans almondine. Duh, you say? It may be obvious what you shouldn't start with, but how to find recipes that are simple but appealing?