Task #8: Make a menu plan
If cooking relaxes you and brings you joy, great. But don’t feel guilty if food isn’t your cup of tea—there are plenty of ways to feed your family well without devoting yourself to the kitchen.
– MINIMALIST PARENTING, Chapter 11
Meal planning always seems like a good idea, but it’s all too easy for the week to get away from you and suddenly you’re serving cereal for dinner. Not that there’s anything wrong with cereal. But a little thinking ahead about mealtime will make your week run so much more smoothly (and leave that much more room for other things.)
Let’s do it now. Today’s task is to create a meal plan of five simple dinners made from pantry or freezer ingredients. That way, you’ll have dinner fixings on hand no matter when you last went grocery shopping.
Some ideas to get you started:
- Pasta with tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and steamed peas
- Chicken stir fry with baby corn, broccoli and steamed rice
- Chili and cornbread
- Cheese and veggie omelets with wholegrain toast and canned pineapple chunks
Why five meals instead of seven? Because we figure you can scrounge leftovers one day, and the other day…you deserve a break. How about sandwiches? Or takeout? Or…cereal?
Well I have started this habit, only because my freezer was full. It was the perfect solution to cleaning it out. I pulled out a few meats and then sat with cookbooks and the internet and found recipes.
What did you plan for this week’s menu?