I've been trying for the past several months to do a weekly meal plan. I absolutely HATE the words "what do you want for dinner?" so it's much better if I think about this once and have all the appropriate groceries on hand (with one or two "back ups" just in case we're REALLY not in the mood for something in the plan when that day arrives). This makes it much easier for deciding what to have for dinner too. If Steve asks that awful question and I say "I don't know" then we go back and forth and back and forth and often what I suggest gets shot down. But if he asks and I say "we're having Potato Corn Chowder (which we're having tonight) then he usually says "oh, okay." MUCH less stress. I don't know why that was a big stressor, but it was!
Anyway - Last week's plan was this:
Monday - Homemade Pizza w/Salad
Tuesday - Quick & Easy Italian Meatball Soup (from the new cookbook - MUCH better than the navy bean & Ham soup. MUCH).
Wednesday - Beef & broccoli stir fry
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - Crunchy ranch chicken w/roasted potato medley (fancy!)
Saturday - Mac & Cheese & veggies
4 new recipes last week! I actually got a mailing - do you ever get them - the recipe cards that they're enticing you with and you can subscribe and get a binder and more recipes blah blah blah? Well, I never subscribe but I always keep the recipes and this batch were pretty good.
This week's meal plan is shaping up to look like this:
Sunday - Homemade pizza (again!) Yum
Monday - Potato Corn Chowder (from a soup mix Steve got for Christmas - Henry & David)
Tuesday - Tater Tot Hot Dish (fancy!)
Wednesday - On your own/leftovers - Mama has Stitch & Bitch!
Thursday - Chili (recipe from Laurie - Steve's FAVORITE chili recipe), corn bread
Friday - Leftover chili
Saturday - Chicken Cordon Bleu w/potatoes
Let me just say it's a big relief having this all figured out on Sunday. We even did shopping yesterday so aside from picking up some milk & lettuce, I don't have to shop until next week - whohooo!
This is all part of my trying-to-simplify-and-get-my-life-back-on-track strategy. I'm also trying to do the Fly Lady "missions," I'm reading "Simple Abundance" (again) and trying to take time to reflect, meditate & dream about how life should be. So far I'm feeling pretty good.