You know how you can know something is the right thing to do? And yet you keep doing the wrong thing? Over and over again?
Right = Knowing that menu planning saves money, time and sanity.
Wrong = Coming up with a steady stream of excuses for why I don’t have time to menu plan.
End result = Being way over budget for our groceries and crazytown at my house come dinner time.
Oh, yes, I’ve talked a lot on this blog about the importance of menu planning. It’s all true, every last word of it. And yet, here I am again. Climbing back on the wagon.
(Learn from this cautionary tale, my friends: Do as I say, not as I do.)
I can’t promise that I’ve finally learned my lesson, because apparently I have the world’s longest learning curve, but in honor of a new month (Hebrew and English!) and a new year, I’m re-committing to turning over a new leaf. (Again.)
Nothing says “new leaf” like publicly committing to a meal plan in front of friends & strangers, right?!
My Menu Plan for the Week of January 6th (Monday – Thursday)
Monday, January 6th: Salmon croquettes with left-over dill yogurt dipping sauce and a big green salad
We had a ton of salmon left-over from Shabbat, so we’re getting a bit creative with our menu plan this week. We’re subbing corn flakes rather than bread crumbs in the above recipe. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Tuesday, January 7th: Scrambled eggs & salmon with hashbrowns and sliced tomatoes
I told you we had a lot of left-over salmon!
Wednesday, January 8th: Chicken Pot Pie with big green salad
I was sick as a dog yesterday, so my husband made me a huge crockpot of chicken soup. Once we finish most of the broth, we salvage the remaining veggies and chicken to make pot pie. This is a regular post-chicken soup meal for us. While not exactly gourmet, it’s super simple and our kids love it.
Thursday, January 9th: Pizza night – regular for the kids, cauliflower pizza for me and my husband
You’ll notice that my menu doesn’t get past Thursday.
Sometime around Wednesday at bedtime, I’ll probably realize that I need to cook for Shabbat and that will light a fire under me. Ideally, I’d have a whole seven days planned; even more ideally, I’d have a whole month plan.
But I’ve fallen far and am giving myself a bit of leeway as I babystep my way back to ideal.
I’m eager to know about (and be inspired by) your menu plans, too! What’s on your meal calendar this week? If you’ve blogged about it, please share the link below, too!