I forgot how simple making dinner was each night if I just have a plan. It's not like this is an entirely new concept to me. I did it this way for years, but these past couple years it's been more of a struggle. The girls were more demanding of my time during that dinner-making hour (and- let's face it- all the other hours, too! ;)), so meal-planning become more sporadic. I cooked, and we ate- but meals were thrown together, last-minute, and we were relying more-than-usual on others (hello Papa Murphy's, Trader Joes, and take-out Thai food!) to make our food for us. ;)
Also, summertime is always a little more challenging for me to think up meals, so autumn is a good time to get reorganized.
Just writing it down and posting it where I can see it throughout the day is enough. That posted plan serves as a reminder to me. My children, too, will see it and say, "Oh! We're having _________ for dinner tonight?" And I think, Oh yeah. I should take that meat out right now while I'm thinking about it.
I'm three weeks into this new system and I'm thankful. Thankful for the food God provides, thankful that I am able to cook for my family (and enjoy it so much), thankful that I can bless Mark by having a hot meal ready(ish) for him when he comes home from work.
Here's what my list looked like this week:
Monday | Tortellini -from Costco, we add pesto & parmesan cheese. (I was gone, Mark did dinner.)
Tuesday | Chicken fried rice, sliced apples and almond butter, greek salad (peppers, sundried tomatoes, cucumbers, some greek yogurt, lemon juice, and feta cheese)
Wednesday | Butternut Squash & White Bean soup, cornbread
Thursday | Shipwreck Casserole
Friday | Italian Chicken Soup (Pioneer Woman), a side that I will come up with when inspiration hits
Saturday | Breakfast (my list says: waffles? sausage? omelettes? yogurt biscuits?)
Sunday | Pot roast with carrots and potatoes
My goal is to start posting either our meal plan or a recipe once a week. I really enjoy seeing other peoples' meal plans or links to recipes, as it helps me get fresh ideas.
I hope you all have a great day!