I couldn't agree more that planning is essential.
Not only does it insure that the right meal goes down the hatch, but I find it also helps keep my grocery bill down by creating less waste when I am create my meal plan and follow it.
I really feel for those who work, commute, are busy raising a family, and/or involved in extra-cirricular activities. I remember how challenging the organization of time and meals became in those days/years. Hugs to all of you who do it!
I am really blessed to have my home attached to my office, so I can slip 10 steps into the kitchen and prep a meal when needed, or start the crockpot, simmer soups, etc.