October 22, 2008
Why I Don't Menu Plan
It works for me.
- I've done this dinner thing enough that I don't find myself spending too much time deciding what to fix. I start thinking about it early in the day, if not the day before.
- When I shop, I buy meat and other items that are on sale, and I keep some meat in the freezer. I buy an assortment of fruits and vegetables and keep potatoes, rice and pasta on hand. I also keep on hand things like spaghetti sauce and canned food that I commonly use.
- If I come across a recipe I want to make that uses ingredients I don't have, I put it on my shopping list and make it after I have gone to the store. I don't make little trips to the store for things like that.
I save money. I know that sounds backwards, but for me it's true.
- When I plan a menu, I usually plan for more food than we really need. I end up with lots of leftovers that don't always get used.
- I also tend to plan more expensive meals than what I would cook normally.
- I don't know what will be on sale when I plan the menu. That is because I never liked planning one week at a time. I really prefer to plan one month at a time.
- I simply don't take the option of eating out. Instead, when I find myself in a jam, I make due with what I have, even if that means eggs and toast for dinner. We like breakfast for dinner anyway.
Labels: homemaking tips
I do confess to running out a couple times a week for ingredients for the first couple weeks. I was so afraid of starving to death without grains, I over compensated by buying lots of unnecessary foods. Fortunately I'm now actually enjoying this new healthy way of eating. I'm also enjoying the wonderful blogs such as yours that I have found!
My most effective "meal planning" method is to make a list of meals that I want to make and/or know I have the ingredients for, then when it's time to make dinner I take a look at my "short-list" and go from there.
I totally over-plan when I try to give each night of the week its own meal.
My energy is not predictable and a menu plan would be frustrating if not failure. My boys eat like breakfast for dinner, too.
I'm glad I'm not the only one.
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