So much for such a simple list. Much of this website is given over to the numerous variations which apply to the process. More later.
Meal decisions - future meals
The No-Time people [NTs]
A few scenarios
When you see children forcing exasperated mothers to put this or that into the supermarket trolley you wonder what planning has taken place regarding future meals. More likely is "Oh, there's the fish-fingers - we'll have them on Tuesday".
You are having a bad day at work and rush out to to deal with lunch. It may be brought back to eat while you work or you stand and eat it at Macdonalds etc. At worst you munch on the return to work. [Pursue "ambulant gastronomy" below later.].
When the future catches up with the present in a restaurant etc, you decide to order food and drink that you would like to try or haven't had for ages and had forgotten about.
When the future catches up with you when drinking, is it the primary purpose at the time? You then remember to eat something. It will help the drive home or so you believe.
Of questionable origin, but you ask "Shall we eat or go to Macdonald's?".
The Have-Time people [HTs]
On the other hand, you might be one of those who plan meals. You might even consider such aspects as where and how the food you use is produced. You may have grown food in the garden or allotment. More about all this later.
Also, later, see the list of websites in the side panel. UK Year 8 children are saying things like "I have seen coconuts in cling film"." Many useful web addreses for all to use.
Explore the site with your children to see if they have considered the buying-the-food miles factor.. As HTsthey are likely to travel less that adult NTs.
Even mothers as mentioned before make a list of sorts, even if only in the head. They and HTs have been researched by the supermarkets. The rest we know. More later.
Buy the food and drink
Most of us are NTs at some time or other. We reach out at the supermarket for items which interest us or that have been forgotten. However, we try to keep to our HT shopping list and may even look at product labels. More later.
Prepare and cook it
The amount of work done is directly proportional to the type of items bought or acquired. ["Acquired" encompasses the garden, left-overs and donations on visitor arrival. ] Similar considerations apply to electricity and gas use. More later.
Assuming that some food has been prepared, there is food waste which needs to be dealt with. Not everyone can compost. Packaging is another aspect. More later.
We can delve into the enjoyment aspect of the green/non-green meal later. We will look later at satiety or the aspect of feeling as if you have had a proper meal. Comparing the better fast food with the worst 'proper' food will be interesting. Applying that task to drink promotes a greater interest in the task.
Depending how far one wants to take Green Gastronomy, there are washing up ingredients and energy considerations relating to the dishwasher. They all relate to the meal.