So, I have had some friends recently comment on how organized I am and that led them to be impressed. I chuckled – a lot. I am not as organized as people think, but there are some areas in my life that I just don’t need or have time for guessing. Food and meals is one of those areas. I don’t like to scramble to make a meal. I need to know that everything I need is in my cupboards and easy to make. I must have a plan and I want to encourage you to try this.
I promise you that I would never ask you to do something difficult. It can be done on a weekly, biweekly or even monthly plan. It takes a little will power to stay on course and stick to your plans and menu. Making a menu weekly has helped me tremendously. I don’t really like to go grocery shopping weekly, but it’s better for our family so we don’t waste food and we really do (for the most part) stick to the menu. I plan it and take time to do so, so I expect the family to follow it.
I am not a crazy health nut, but I do like to prepare homemade, mostly healthy meals for the family and if I am not home to do so then I make a menu that would be easy for my husband or teenagers to make without me.
I’ve told you a little about this before, but let’s just talk about it a little more and then you can take a stab at it.
Rule #1 – Don’t stress over it. Make it easy and suitable for your schedule. If you need to eat out a night or two, schedule it in. If you need to just have hot dogs, schedule it.
Rule #2 – Work with what your family likes and make it work. Don’t put food on the menu that you know your family won’t eat. Work with the family you have and get ideas from them to put on the menu. Check out the cookbooks you have or even foodnetwork.com (there are seriously good recipes on there).
Ok. I have a set menu as far as the genre of the meal we have each day of the week. Monday is Salad day. I will make all kinds of different salads. I never make the same one in a month. I never knew how many great salads there are out there. This week we made a Mediterranean salad and it was good. I’ve shared a few on here, but you can find them all over the place. Add fruit or grilled chicken. Yum.
Tuesday is Soup day. My family loves soup. We do this pretty much all year round, but in the hottest parts of summer I will choose something not so hot. Soups! There are a ton and if you don’t think you have enough, ask some of those friends or grandmas. I am making a black bean soup tonight. I have never had a single person not like a soup yet. Make it flavorful and you can’t lose.
Wednesday is usually our busiest night of the week because we are involved with our church. We go from school and projects to youth and Bible Studies. So, this is our pizza, hot dog, chicken patty, burger night. Anything that will take the least amount of time, but will still be yummy and somewhat healthy. We usually have pizza and I order in. We have a family favorite here in Brandon and even the friends are happy to join in.
Thursday is Pasta night. Pasta can be healthy too. I buy Dream fields brand pasta and it is good for you! There is no way that you would have to make the same pasta meal in a year. There are so many options. Seriously! My family loves pasta and so do I. This week is shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta. I am super excited for this!
Friday is Ethnic night. I will usually ask someone in the family what they would like for our cultural experience on Friday. This week we are going American with a Cheese-steak. My mouth is watering. Last week we had tacos and went full out Mexican. The week before we had cashew chicken. We love to try new things and new ethnic goods and we have not found one we didn’t like so far. I say that a lot, but seriously, there are so many flavors to enjoy. God blessed us with a variety of great tastes and blends. Amazing!
Saturday and Sunday are easy days. We enjoy the family and make sandwiches or chicken strips or brauts or we have leftovers from the week. My kids usually fight over who gets which leftover. I hate to hear them bicker, but love that it’s over my food. LOL!
Your turn. Make a weekly menu and stick to it. I post mine on the fridge so the family can see what we are having each night and I don’t have to answer them over and over on what we are having. It’s to the point where their friends know where I post the menu and will ask if they can come for dinner. Such a blessing.
I hope this will help you with your home needs and time constraints. I love you all and if you need some recipes, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help you out!
Blessings to you!