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Our day to day busy-ness often results in us eating the same rotation of meals over and over and over….Tacos, chicken, pasta, pizza, meat with potatoes and carrots…..After a while, we feel bored and uninspired with our meals.
Boredom with meal planning could lead to a return to less healthful habits such as doing less meal preparation because you just don’t know what to cook. It could mean eating more pre-packaged and processed foods. It could mean more eating out. When this results, most people move back to meal planning to support their health goals, organize their meals and ultimately, save time and money.
When we want to change our habits, there are a series of stages we go through before we actually change:
When in the final stage of maintaining healthful habits, it is important to prevent boredom, as boredom can lead to a relapse to previous, less healthful habits (Moore et al, 2016).
There are three ways to prevent boredom with a healthful habit, such as meal planning: (Moore et al, 2016):
Meal planning is often a love-hate concept for parents. We hate it because it is one more thing on our never ending to-do list. But we love it because it is a sanity saver and helps us maintain our path to a healthful lifestyle.
As I think about Father’s Day coming up, I will definitely be planning a special meal for the Dads in my life. I have my eye on this Pork Souvlaki with halloumi pepper skewers with warm flatbread, a colorful veggie platter and tzatziki for dipping.
For dessert, I am planning this fun sweet and savoury dessert quesadilla bar. This recipe was inspired by a friend who brought over dessert tacos as part of a Cinqo de Mayo dinner party. The tacos were made using a pancake batter, then baked in the oven into their taco shape, and filled with fresh fruit, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. The dessert was so eye-appealing and was devoured by the kids and adults alike.
I chose to go with a dessert quesadilla because it is simpler. I can buy pre-made flour tortillas and prepare them based on everyone’s individual preferences, be it sweet or savoury. Here is the recipe for how to make them. Enjoy!