Whenever I am meal planning for lunch and dinner, I use what Tammy calls her "3 things" rule. I know that my family is much more satisfied when they have at least three different food items on their plates. In many cases, I could combine them all, (for instance pasta, meat and vegetables) and serve it all together, but I find that for some reason it seems like there should be something more... Serving items separately makes it seem like they are getting a full meal instead of something thrown together and tossed on a plate.
Some examples of Tammy's "3 things" rule:
- Meat, bread or starch, and vegetables
- Main dish, vegetable, and fruit
- Soup, bread, and salad
- Sandwich, veggies, and fruit
Do you use a "3 things rule" when planning your meals? Do you have different meals that you rotate weekly? Would love to hear your menu planning tips!