I love Cheryl Mendelson's recent Home Comforts, but you can't beat the old domestic texts for a wealth of information (and great vintage photos). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner have their own particular guidelines, nutritionally and aesthetically.
Here's a short passage from Chapter Two's step-by-step study of meal preparation:
What a good manager does:Some food for thought as you go about your day.
Plans meals that meet the nutrition requirements of her family.
Cooks food in delectable dishes so that the family enjoys eating a balanced diet.
Uses time, materials, and equipment economically.
Serves meals artistically.
Enjoys her work and has time to do many other things.
The difference between people who get things done and those who don't is that those who accomplish things have learned management.