Do you sit down and plan out your meals every week?
You should. I have weeks where I fly by the seat of my pants, meal-wise–where I allow myself the “freedom” to go with what sounds good (i.e., what’s leftover, and/or what can be prepared in a hurry with a minimum of mess) and operate without a written plan, and usually mid-week I crash and burn and we order pizza, or eat a pathetic melange of leftovers, or just resort to cold sandwiches, stale chips, and candy corn. Not so good. The overriding emotion: panic.
I really don’t like the scenario above. I don’t feel good about the way I’m caring for my family in this case. On the other hand, devoting a simple 5-minute planning session every Saturday, not to mention a quick weekly refrigerator clear-out, is an excellent investment of my time and reaps huge rewards the following week. And the candy corn lasts a bit longer, besides. Win-win.
This is what a 5-minute planning session will do for me: it smooths out the bumps of the week. I actually glance at my menu plan as I’m cleaning up from breakfast in the morning, and get the chunk of meat out of the freezer, or at least lay out a few ingredients on the counter that will go into our supper. There is a pleasant anticipation of making supper that night because I’ve planned it. I like to cook good food for my family, I really do. And the simple plan makes it so much easier. The overriding emotion: peace.
I have found that the mechanics of meal-planning are not that important: sometimes I just jot down my menu on the legal pad that I keep my brain on (i.e. my to-do list, my drama to-do list, my shopping list, etc.). That’s how absolutely low-tech I am, Gentle Reader; I hope you’re not disappointed. Sometimes I’ll get the menu into my planner, but usually not.
Here’s a typical meal plan for a week for us:
- Sunday: roast chicken in the crock pot with veg (make broth out of the carcass)
- Monday: chicken and barley soup
- Tuesday: Taco Tuesday! Tacos with lots of raw crudites, and melon!
- Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner: Crunchy cornmeal waffles, sausage, orange julius
- Thursday: big ole’ stir fry and rice with garden Swiss chard, carrots, cabbage, peppers, etc.
- Friday: homemade pizza, green salad, ice cream!
- Saturday: It’s leftovers night, baby. Pull them out!
This very simple plan that I jot down on Saturday gives me lots of peace for the upcoming week. Plus, if I write it down we do tend to eat better. There is less resorting-to-the-easiest-thing, or just stopping for pizza on the way home, when I’ve got a menu written down that uses the garden goodies, or whatever I’ve socked away in the freezer.
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