I know I always did meal plan monday before, and usually, I make them on different days of the week, but here I am.
I haven’t wanted to do these lately because I feel a little sheepish about it.
because they probably aren’t the healthiest meals. I have reverted to my old favorite recipes that I have always made. why? because we like them, we can afford them, and I know how to make them.
but here in hipsterland, admitting something like this is equivalent to admitting that you abuse puppies. no joke. I may get unfriended and/or ‘evangelized’ by some well-intentioned friends…
our recipes aren’t terrible, but they’re not gluten-free or dairy-free, and certainly not paleo. sometimes there are pre-made and/or processed ingredients. oh well.
when we eat like this, I maintain my sanity. end of story.
if I try to deviate, I get one of a couple different reactions: I stress out completely (usually over my grocery budget which does not support an all organic, all whole foods menu), or I wind up in a slump, where I am not planning anything because I can’t think of anything that I can eat and my family WILL eat.
food is one of those things that I go back and forth about a lot. lots of pendulum swings for me. it’s not due to ignorance. (golly, I wish it were… my sanity would be a lot safer if it were.) no, I know that sugar, bread, pasta, preservatives, etc. are not good choices.
you know what?
sometimes, you do what you have to do to get by. getting by means something different at different times. right now, it means getting dinner on the table, within budget, while not running all over town for ingredients, AND making food that (most of) my family will eat. I also don’t really enjoy cooking, nor am I very good at it. I’m not going to experiment a whole lot. I MAY, however, consider doing a ‘one new recipe a week’ thing, just to get some new stuff into my repertoire, but maybe not. I’ve been considering this for years now.
so, after a LOT of ado, here’s our plan for the week:
- tuesday: pizza; green beans (tuesday is ballet, so that has defaulted to pizza night)
- wednesday: tater tot casserole
- thursday: chili and cornbread
- friday: tacos
- saturday: bacon potato chowder; sourdough
- sunday: scrambles (or maybe eggy muffin cups – I keep seeing posts about these); toast
- monday: pork chops; rice; broccoli
- next tuesday: pizza; green beans
I did some shopping today, but I will need a few more things before thursday. some diced tomatoes, kidney beans, sour cream, a pound of bacon, some cream of something soup… might need some more eggs, and considering I don’t have any pork chops, rice, or broccoli, I should probably get some before monday. fortunately, I have ample kid-free shopping opportunities now. just thinking back to what a production it used to be. I still don’t like it, though.
so there you go… why you care what we’re going to eat, I don’t know. this way, I know I have a plan. trying to get better at the whole ‘homemaking’ part of being a homemaker!