What’s for Dinner? I hate this question. What I hate even more is when I have to say, “I don’t know.” There is nothing more stressful than scrambling at 4 p.m. with no defrosted meat, no prepped veggies and a clock ticking down. For years I’ve made great strides in doing a meal plan and grocery list to match so we have very few last second runs during the week.
There have been many methods that I’ve tried:
- Meals on index cards
- Random searches online
- Stack of cookbooks with recipes flagged
What works best for me is a simple piece of paper with each day of the week listed and the meal that is planned. If I’m extra motivated I will use a calendar and plan 2-4 weeks at a time. We tend to eat the same meals: tacos, pasta, grilled chicken and pizza but each week I like to add in a new or revised recipe. Last week’s “new recipe” was Chicken Marsala. We made the investment into some quality wines, added mushrooms to the grocery list and enjoyed something new. Adding a new meal expands the kids’ taste buds and gets us out of dinner ruts.
Along with the meal plan we always have old standbys for those nights when things just don’t go as planned. Sometimes it’s ordering from our favorite pizza place, sometimes it’s pulling frozen meatballs from the freezer to whip up a quick batch of spaghetti. The meal plan is a guideline to keep us organized during our busy days.
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