I am in awe of Alicia’s planning skills. I’m not even kidding, I would love to be that organised! Sadly, despite my best efforts, my life doesn’t seem to work that way. My meal planning often consists of me yelling “Do you want chicken, fish or beef tonight?” at Matthew in the morning, and I will pull whatever he responds with out of the freezer to cook that night. Or I will buy it during the day if we don’t have it at home.
Whether this will work for you or not depends on a few things. It works for me because I am fortunate enough to work in central London and very close to Borough Market. Sometimes I will walk past a shop and see something I like and spontaneously buy it to cook that night. There is also a conveniently placed supermarket near the office so I can pick up supplies if I have to.
Having said that, I make sure I do a big shop once a week and I pick up all the basics I will need including a good selection of fruit and vegetables. I also make I sure I have the essentials (see our Shopping List section) well stocked so I can always throw together a meal. I find if I get a good variety of veg, I can usually find some form of meat or fish to cook it with, although at times I have had to get creative with the last carrot and stick of celery at the end of the week! I don’t really recommend this approach when you’re first starting out though, Alicia’s organised meal plans are a much better way to get varied, interesting meals and minimise any waste. But what I’m trying to say is that just because you haven’t had time to plan doesn’t mean you can’t eat a good plaeo meal, as long as you have some basic ingredients and can get your hands on some meat and veg. So no excuses people!