Manic Monday: Weekly Meal Planning

Food. Grocery shopping. Menu plans. Meals. manicmonday_200

Every day things, right? Not a problem, right? Wrong. For some reason, I have struggled with the basic concept  of these four things for as long as I can remember. I don’t like thinking about food. I hate grocery shopping. Menu planning stresses me out. And the thought of three meals a day always comes as a surprise to me.

You see. I’m a grazer. Like a horse, or a goat. I like to eat a little bit, here and there, all day long. I don’t necessarily need to sit down to a big meal at any time of the day. I feel the best when I graze throughout the day.

My family, on the other hand, expects there to be food prepared at meal times. The nerve. Like I said before. I am always surprised when 5:00 comes around and they are looking at me expectantly like I should know what they want. WHAT? Um…what’s for dinner? Dinner? oh. Yeah. I guess you guys want dinner. Well…it’s going to be great! (as soon as I figure out what it is)

cooking20wifeNow, don’t get me wrong. I’m not always so unprepared. I go through phases where I try really hard. I’ll use a new meal planner, or an online weekly menu plan. I’ve even tried  batch cooking and freezer cooking. But, like the best phases, mine come and go. Especially when things are extra busy around the house. Cooking seems to be the first thing to get chucked out the window. We tend to have a lot of YOYO nights. YOYO = You’re On Your Own

The time has come for me to break this cycle!  July is going to be a very busy month for me. I start rehearsing for the musical Lizzie Borden, plus I will still be working my nanny job and working at Titanic. I don’t want my family to starve! I NEED YOUR HELP! Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you to cook for me. Wait a minute…do you want to cook for me? By all means…if you want to, feel free!

I find that when I do cook, I cook the same few things over and over. They are good, I mean, I’ve got them DOWN. However, I”m sure my guys would love a little change to the repertoire.

I would love it if you all could leave me a comment with some of your family’s favorite recipes. What do they beg for you to make? I don’t want you to give me anything too gourmet now, ok? We’re talking simple things for simple folk. Crock pot recipes would be great too!  My goal is to plan the weeks out so I can have stuff ready to go during my busiest days. It’s a pretty lofty goal. I’ve been trying for 15 years. Do you think maybe I just got a big head since I cleaned up a few messes in my house?

Well, send in the recipes and we’ll see how it goes. Thank you in advance!