FLYing Basics: Day 30 WFD?

Each day at the end of your Morning routine, you should get in the habit of asking yourself “What’s For Dinner” (WFD)?  Actually, it’s even more helpful if you ask yourself the night before, because you can look at your calendar and see what your day looks like!  The key is to think about your dinner early enough in the day (or the night before) that you can easily put your meal together.  When you wait too long to decide or plan, you may end up in line at the local Drive-thru at 7pm.

Planning Makes Dinner Time Easy

Planning doesn’t take long, and it will save you lots of time (and $$) later.  There are 3 things you can do to get a healthy dinner on the table each night:

1. Start Menu Planning.  The best way to ensure your family is eating healthy, is to set aside time to menu plan each week.  To review my menu planning time see Flying Basics Day 20 (  I plan 4-5 meals for the upcoming week, and leave a couple of days for leftovers or eating out.

2. Consider dinner ahead of time.  Good planning ideally begins the night before when you are doing your daily to-do list.  If you already are doing menu planning, you can just select a menu from your planned list after looking over the next days schedule. Thinking ahead gives you a chance to double-check you aren’t missing any ingredients and that you have adequate time in your schedule to cook your meal. I didn’t consider today’s dinner last night, and I almost pulled out fish from the freezer to defrost for tonight, when I realized I won’t even be home tonight!!  We’ll be going to the fireworks, and my mom is bringing chicken, so I don’t need to cook.  Lucky I remembered before I pulled out my fish.

3. Plan a time to start cooking.  If you think WFD? at the end or your morning routine, you can easily pull out meat to defrost, and set aside the necessary ingredients.  You can also figure out the best time to cook.  On days when I work in the evening, I either need to plan an early afternoon cook time, or I can cook it in the morning and reheat it later.

Flying is all about planning ahead and creating routines.  Getting into the routine of considering your dinner early will help you to get that dinner on the table right at dinner time!



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