The Meal Planner’s Creed (and me!)
The Meal Planner’s Creed is from The Modern Family Cookbook by Meta Given, published in 1942.
The health of my family is in my care; therefore —
I will spare no effort in planning the right kinds of food in the right amounts.
Spending the food dollar for maximum value is my job; therefore —
I will choose from the variously priced foods to save money without sacrificing health.
My family’s enjoyment of food is my responsibility; therefore —
I will increase their pleasure by planning for variety, for flavorful dishes, for attractive color, for appetizing combinations.
My family’s health, security, and pleasure depend on my skill in planning meals; therefore —
I will treat my job with the respect that is due it.
I actually love meal planning — it’s probably my favorite chore. I have loved every way I’ve ever done it, from Plan to Eat back through a spreadsheet all the way to a notepad with my dad.
While I usually enjoy cooking, there are definitely nights where I just don’t want to prepare another meal. I do it anyway though, fun or not, because it brings a huge value to my family.
My family generally eats healthfully. We eat a lot of vegetables, especially considering that my husband hated all vegetables when we got married. When I had to fill out a nutrition diary for my midwives last year, it was a piece of cake and the only change I had to make was adding a daily glass of milk.
We are able to eat very luxuriously, including a CSA and grass-fed beef, on less than the cost of the USDA’s thrifty plan. I know part of our ability to do so is that we have chosen to live in the midwest, where food is readily available and generally inexpensive, but a lot of it is work and planning.
And my family enjoys food. I can make several styles of pizza (Gavin’s favorite food) and can mix up my standby crust recipe by heart. I bake cookies almost every week. I think most of the food we eat is even pretty.
What it comes down to is this: I know I take my work planning and preparing our meals for granted, but it has value. And when you do it, it has value too.