Meal Planning

*Note* I thought I published this post days ago, for some reason it just stayed in my draft folder, sorry!

Last week we tried something new. After a couple of weeks of, “what should we do for dinner?” being thrown around a lot and a few meals of Jamaican patties I finally decided we needed to try to plan our meals. This just involves writing out 7 days worth of meals that we can have. I do this after we go shopping because we pretty much only buy food that’s on sale. I create meals based on what we already have. We don’t cook the type of food that requires specific ingredients, and causes people to have to rush out to the store before dinner because they are missing that one crucial thing. We create meals around whats in the kitchen, substitute or just throw a bunch of things in the pot and see what happens. Really though we just cook simple food so by buying a few staple things, there are always a lot of meal options.

Last week it worked really well. If one night the listed meal was not what we felt like eating, we just had left overs, or something else. It wasn’t a big deal. I think the key is to not have it written in stone so that you feel limited. It was great to have a plan though and to have an idea so that if we didn’t know what we wanted there was something already thought about. It really decreased the amount of staring forlornly into the fridge and thinking that there was nothing in there. It also seemed to lower the amount of vegetables sitting in the fridge aging, but this may have more to do with the fact that the grocery store sales have been crappy lately so we haven’t been buying much (this is probably a good thing).

This week is already planned and the food is bought so we are ready to go! Hopefully the week goes just as well as last week meal wise.

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