People say "you eat with your eyes before you eat with your mouth", I absolutely agree. Therefore I do try to create visually pleasing meals. Not that it worked out every time, but most of the time I am quite happy with what I have made.
Another part of planning for lunch or dinner, I also do try to balance well. I don't like to have all fried stuff without something to diffuse all the heatiness. That reminds me, this afternoon, Stella made lunch which has fried breaded chicken, fried eggplant and over-steamed pumpkin. Urghh, she finds it alright so I didn't want to say anything about it. But now I need to say this: it was bloody impossible to chew past all that fried goods unless you are a certified Macdonald's, Kentucky kid. ._.
For previous day's lunch, I prepared pumpkin rice, pickled mustard with lightly caramelised peanuts and fried salmon. For the fried salmon, I made a dipping sauce flavoured with ginger to go with it. Yup, that, in my opinion, is a good lunch! Pretty to look at too, since it has black sesame seeds sprinkled to contrast with the light colours of the rice and mustard. haha. :D