Even though the phrase sounds very formal and daunting, it is what one does every day!
Putting it simply, one is doing meal planning when one answers the daily question of ‘Aaj khane mein kya banana hai / what should I cook today/What is there for breakfast/lunch/dinner? etc’!
Most of you reading this will say- ‘Big deal’!
Actually, it is quite a big deal!
Because when one sets oneself up to answer this question every day, for each meal, there are a lot of things that need to be considered.
As the person in the family who is responsible for deciding what meals to serve every day, one has immense responsibility on one’s shoulders to ensure that the meals:
· are nutritious, healthy,
· are tasty, varied/interesting
· meet the diet requirements
· and preferences of the family members.
And these are just a few of the total set of considerations!
One also has to:
· first figure out the menu for each meal,
· consider the availability of ingredients or organize for the required stuff!
· check out how much time would be required to prepare the said meal vs how much time is available for the job.
This is alongside all the other responsibilities that one is shouldering on an everyday basis!
And this is a repetitive task!
But the challenge is that each time the question remains the same and yet one has to come up with different answers! You cannot have the same answer as yesterday or the day before! You have to think on your feet and be ready to dish out interesting meals each time with or without support!
Whether you are cooking yourself or have a cook, this decision is still steered by you alone!
If you still think that it is not a big deal, then you are seriously undermining your own self and the importance that this activity has of ensuring a healthy status of you and your family members!