If there is one thing I really dread, it is when Brian asks me, “What are we having for dinner?”
I really dislike going to the grocery store. I have no idea why, but usually I will only go if Brian or my mom go with me. That way, I don’t have to push the cart. I know, first world problems.
But since we are a family now and I am no longer wiped out with morning sickness, I needed to get back into the kitchen and pantry and have the household running smoothly again.
First things first was organizing our pantry and I am happy to say that we can now find everything.
I have tried several methods of meal planning, including theme-nights, freezer and crock-pot meals, and the like. I have finally found a solution that works. Enter:
I write down at least 8 meals that I will make for the next two weeks. With 8 meals we end up with plenty of leftovers to cover the rest of the two weeks.
Then I write down the list of ingredients I need to buy from the grocery store, making sure that the meals I plan also have the ingredients on sale. Items get crossed out as we shop because I don’t like to stay in the store longer than necessary.
I then stick the list on the fridge to remember what to make for the next two weeks. It’s not fancy or pretty, but it saves me hassle of having to hit the grocery store every week.
I try to cook and use the veggies that go bad faster first, and then save foods that will last a little longer like broccoli and cauliflower for the second week.
This has worked for us for the last month or so, so we will see how it lasts. I do like the approach so far. It’s definitely curbed us from going out to eat and if Brian asks what’s for dinner I just point at the list.