Happy Columbus Day! Normally I post my menu plan for the week, but I am at a total loss! It has been such a crazy weekend that I had no time to plan or cook! I was sick most of the week last week, only got to go to work on Saturday, slept all day Saturday into Sunday so I could be ready for the Eagles game last night.
And I still need to be ready for work tonight! EEKK!
And truthfully, I just didn’t feel like cooking this week. Well, planned cooking, anyway. I am sure there will be a few nights where we will have breakfast for dinner, or maybe just a bowl of cereal. I am not sure. I don’t really feel like eating a whole lot anyway.
This is not a habit I want to get into it. Especially with the holidays coming up. Tight food budgets and minimal time make menu planning for the next 2 months extremely challenging. And I hate that.
I need to figure out how to maximize the shopping while minimizing the budget. It seems so much harder during the winter because you don’t have a lot of options for fresh fruits or vegetables. Well, at least ones that my family will eat. I guess you can go pasta to stretch your budget, but there goes that whole “moment on lips, lifetime on the hips” theory. If I do say so myself, my hips do not need any extra padding.
I have been doing really well with my blog editorial calendar, planning things out between now and December(yeah me!). Now, if I could only get that same motivation with my food calendar. My work schedule for the next 8 months will be crazy as well, so it is even harder to plan and shop. I know I need to do the following:
- Test and make some new crockpot recipes. Pronto. Like, yesterday.
- Start doing some make ahead cooking. Kelli has some great tips, so I need to try them. I know I am in the mind-set that I have to be able to put a hot meal on the table immediately, but if I am not here to do it, then I need to let it go.
- Teach the boys to help out more. Find recipes they can start, or just pop into the oven. Hence the whole need for more organization for meal planning. Heather makes it sound so simple, I just wish I could do it.
- Stop wasting so much hard-earned dough on items that can’t make the dough. Okay, a comedian I am not, but you get the point. We buy all kinds of stuff at the store, but never seem to have anything to eat. Dumb.
So that is where I am. I have identified the problem(I’m a dope) and I have some tools for the solution(thanks to Kelli , Megan, and Heather for the inspiration). Now, can someone just kick me in the posterior to do it?
What tips do you have for menu planning?
For menu planning inspiration, check out Menu Plan Monday!