Recently I have noticed that my family has been eating out a lot. I’ve been pretty busy with work, and I’m usually the cook in the family. Sometimes if I have some meetings or am working with a client, I end up grabbing sandwiches or something, but lately it’s been more of an issue than usual.


My hubby prefers home cooked meals, so when we need to eat out more than twice a week, I feel a little guilty. I’ve also noticed that I am putting on a little weight because I’m not watching what we are eating. Besides that, my husband’s cholesterol always shoots up when we eat out too much.

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So I’m trying to plan out meals a bit ahead of time. Sometimes, the biggest problem is that I just don’t have the ingredients to make anything, and I don’t realize it until later in the day. There have been a lot of days where I didn’t have any veggies in the refrigerator, and we are mainly vegetarians.

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My husband wants only vegetarian food, my teenage son doesn’t want any veggies, and I will eat any food. We don’t eat many salads, even though I know they are good for us. Because my husband and I both grew up in India, we like to eat Indian food for at least half of our meals. My son’s preferred menu includes Pasta, Rice and chicken curry, and Rice & shrimp curry.


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It’s tough to cook for three people who want completely different things. I’m sure most families are like this, though.


So now I’m starting to plan out all the meals in advance and hopefully that’ll make this a little easier. It helps to know what to purchase for the next two weeks so that we never have an empty fridge. And the worst part about meal preparation is the constant decision of what I should cook.


Once I know what needs to be done and what needs to be purchased, half of the work is done.


This is like what we do in interior design. I help clients come up with a vision of what they need to achieve, and in the second part of the process, I help them find the right materials to make this happen. The third part is installation: finding the right contractor and getting the work done. The most important part, though, is the first step—the vision! Once you can picture your dream home, everything falls into place more easily. Finding and creating your vision is only achievable if you know what you want.


Planning your home might be a little more in-depth than planning your menu, but both require attention to detail and anticipation. Creating a vision is one of my very favorite things to do in design. I hope I can help you with yours!

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