getting back on track: meal planning

October 29, 2012

There used to be a time in my life where I spent a lot of time planning out meals, planning out grocery shopping, prepping for the week, and feeling like I had it all together. Somehow, those days are looooong gone. I’m not sure if it’s pure laziness, being in grad school, or just being busier, but I’m calling myself out. Things have gotten out of control in my kitchen lately.

There have been too many days where I go out to lunch. There have been too many times where my husband eats cereal for dinner (which isn’t always a bad thing). There have been too many “eeeeh, there’s nothing planned for dinner tonight” kind of nights. It has got. to. stop.

Now more than ever before I feel like I need to be really organized. I feel like my life has totally exploded lately (not a bad thing!), and there are rarely days where I am able to be at home before 5:00 or 6:00. We’re a hungry bunch by then, so not having anything planned for dinner by then can make for a crabby couple.

For right now, I’m starting with baby steps to get back on track. This weekend I went grocery shopping, stocked the pantry with items like canned beans and tomatoes (and items to be frozen like chicken/beef/sausage for the husband), and made a plan for meals for the week. Hopefully with this in place I’ll get back to having one less stressor in my life. Seriously, not knowing what we’re going to eat for dinner stresses me out. Please don’t make fun of me, but I like making my husband happy with nice hot dinners every night! It’s usually the only time of the day where we get to talk and catch up, so I’d like to serve his something other than canned soup and grilled cheese.

So, here’s the plan for the weeknights this week.

Monday — leftover Minestrone soup

TuesdayCreamy Spaghetti Squash Primavera (for her), leftover meatloaf (for him)

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Wednesday — Southwestern Breakfast Hash (I bought a 10 lb. bag of potatoes this weekend for $1.99 — they’ve got to be used up!)

Thursday — Quinoa, Roasted Broccoli, and Beans (for her)/Chicken (for him)

Friday — Pizza Night/Out

Setting myself up for success — I like it!

Question: Do you meal plan each week?

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