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Meal Planning – NOT so easy!

February 21, 2013

Plymouth High School’s FACS class taught by Ruthie McCollough had a group project that opened some eyes to meal planning and shopping. Groups of students had to plan meals for five days of the week that were NUTRIENT DENSE and meals that included variety and appeal. Students incorporated knowledge and understanding of proper nutrients in a diet, creativity in planning meals, analyzed that they had to include all the ingredients of the USDA food pyramid and daily requirements, organized a shopping list while using their math skills to try to stay within a budget of $80 for 15 meals, and also incorporated a social-collaborative aspect where each group member had to agree on the meals selected. Other guidelines included:

    • Using grocery ads and clip coupons to help you find the best deals.
    • Limiting convenience and processed foods such as boxed, frozen, or canned foods.  (Absolutely no frozen pizzas, chicken tenders, fish sticks, etc.)
    • Using cookbooks, magazines, or cooking websites to help you find recipes that appeal to all roommates and that are “crowd pleasers” while also being healthy and planned for variety!

Each group created a visual aid that included a menu, at least five recipes and a detailed shopping list.  Here are two examples:


Upon completion of this project, each group presented their meal ideas to the class and choose one meal to prepare in an actual cooking lab.  Yummy [:-)


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