I've written many meal plans over the years and when I have one we invariably eat better and buy much less takeaway than in the weeks without plans. There's something about the never-ending decision making of "what are we having for dinner?" that really gets to me, I'd like someone else to choose! So I try and do all the deciding in one go and get all the shopping done and then not have to think about it for a while. Problem is I kept getting caught up in trying to do New and Different and Interesting all the time and the actual constructing of the meal plans became too much like hard work. Not to mention finding myself with a fridge and pantry full of stuff for New and Interesting when all I could face cooking and feeding to the kids was safe and easy.
While we were away on holidays I was having one of those "my life feels out of control and I need to fix it" conversations with Adam and I seized on the whole meal plan thing as being one little part of the whole that I could do something about (a large part of the rest of the out of control stuff was magicked away the next day during a phone conversation about work with Jen - much relief ensued!) and I sat down with my laptop in front of the fire and came up with a 2 week perpetual meal plan.
And here it is on the fridge, 2 week's worth of breakfasts, dinners and desserts, or rather a broad hint not to ask what's for dessert because the answer will always be the same - I was getting heartily fed up with the constant demands for ice-cream. Which they weren't getting, but that didn't stop them asking. (Click on the pic for the larger, readable version.)
The green bits are magnets for keeping track of where we're up to...and I've just now realised that all day I've been expecting tacos tonight and we're actually supposed to be having tortellini! We shall have tortellini tomorrow :-) Which makes more sense as Caitlin is sleeping over at a friend's place tonight and she infinitely prefers pasta to mexican. I don't anticipate us sticking to this rigidly - far from it! I expect to swap meals around, replace them with something New and Interesting when I'm feeling inspired and indulge in takeaway or meals out on occasion. But for those nights when it's 6pm and I'm thinking about dinner for the first time that day? All I'll have to do is look at the fridge and do what it tells me! (Of course it will help if I've remembered to take meat out of the freezer the night before, but I reckon I can manage that much.)
With any luck I won't have to write another one for quite some time.
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