When I'm in the middle of an abortive attack meal planning goes right out the window. I can look at a fridge and pantry full of food and not be able to figure out what to do with any of it.
The only way to avoid feeding the family cheese on toast and a glass of tap water for dinner again is advance planning.
I can follow clear and simple directions. So if I plan exactly what we will eat for each meal I can;
1) avoid wasting food,
2) feed us something other than crud on rice (which is going to make me weak anyway) and