We all know that creating a meal plan often saves inches, money and time in the long run. We also know it is ‘smart’ to do, but many like me, hate doing it! I know I can’t be the only one who dislikes making a meal “plan” for the week. Its like, who has time for this?! And when I read blog posts where people have binders and calculators and then come up with these elaborate meals that, honestly, are going to take forever to make after a work day. It just seems impractical. No thanks. But… doing this really does save money, time and inches. It also ensures my little snacker eats a healthy dinner and that we have leftovers for lunches. So really, as much as I moan and groan, it is worth the little extra time and effort.
My process doesn’t involve a beautiful binder like this: (I wish I made it look this good!)
Oh no, mine tends to look more like this:
I suck it up and spend about an hour (ok maybe 2 since my process involves Pinterest) on Saturday mornings devising the plan for the upcoming week. Essentially I go on and pin about 5-6 “dinner recipes” for the week onto my “Weeknight Family Dinner” board. Criteria is that it has to be able to be deconstructed since I begrudgingly admit to a picky eater in my house, also time is a factor for weeknights. Also taking into account cost and what’s in season. Once I pin a few recipes, then I go over each recipe and write down any ingredients I may need. Its not fancy but its a “plan” nonetheless. Sometimes if I am feeling ambitious I will pre-prep some of the food ahead of time so its able to be assembled fairly easily the night of.
This is what I came up with this week. (if your interested in the recipes just click on the picture- should take you right to the link)
Chicken Noodle Soup
GF/DF Lemon broccoli pasta
Gwyneth Paltrow’s lettuce wraps
OPEN – pizza, grill cheese, something kid friendly – usually let the kid choose.
As was tradition in my family,we usually do a roast or something a bit more labour intensive like a whole chicken. We bring out the good china and sometimes light a candle. Either way I like to make Sunday’s dinner a bit special. And we always have dessert.