Over and over again, I have tried to meal plan. I tried and failed miserably. I think the reason for failing so much was because most meal plans I see are month out plans. Wouldn’t it be great to know what you want to eat a month from now? For me, it doesn’t work. My food mood changes so often and my regular mood dictates just how lazy I want to be.
But, my household was in a terrible food rut and it caused a lot of crap eating. I hope we are not the only ones that deal with these food ruts. For a few weeks, NOTHING sounded good. Then we would end up eating out way more than we can afford and most of it was junky food.
I was getting sick of the stress (yes, cooking/planning dinner STRESSES me out) so I grabbed my Skinnytaste cookbook and decided I would take it one week at a time. One week and I didn’t hear the dreaded “what sounds good to you?” “Nothing, what sounds good to you?” conversation.
Week 1 Meal Plan
Monday: Chili – We actually used our own recipe for this, but there are some yummy looking ST chili recipes
Tuesday: Chicken Scaloppine w/Broccoli & Cheese
Wednesday: Pumpkin Mac & Cheese (we added brats as our protein)
Thursday: Crock-pot Pulled Pork (my own recipe)
Friday: Egg Roll Bowl
Saturday: Eat out
Sunday: Rotisserie Chicken and Perogies
I did not do a great job last week (or this week) taking pictures of how the food came out, hence the pictures of the cookbook.
Week 2 Meal Plan:
This week, without Pictures
Monday: Beef Ragu Pappardelle
Tuesday: Chicken & Dumplings – perfect for these cooler temps
Wednesday: Steak Fajitas
Thursday: One Pot Pasta & Broccoli (will probably add a protein)
Friday: Salsbury Steak Meatballs
Saturday: Eat Out
One way we tackled the second week was not so much what sounded good but what did we have that needed to be eaten. The goal was to not buy a bunch of food on Sunday when we had a freezer full of meat or a pantry full of pantry food.
We are halfway through week two and it has made dinnertime waaayyy easier. I think my plan is to try for two more weeks before adding other meals and sources into the mix, mainly breakfast. I tend to eat a lot of cereal.
Do you meal plan? If you are successful, what are your secrets??!