I've finally found what works for me!
Menu planning has always been such a chore. I knew it would help me. It would help me not flip out, complain about, or whine at 5:00pm wondering what on earth I was going to do for dinner. I knew it would help to save money on groceries. And I knew it would help cut back even more on eating out. But nine times out of ten I couldn't get myself to do it. I would even be prepared having my list of foods we like to eat and a calendar out and ready. Still...I just couldn't do it.
Why you ask? I have now discovered that I'm afraid of the blank calendar. I do not do well trying to figure out what to have on what day without repeating too often or having chicken 4 days in a row or feeling like we are eating the same thing all the time(even though sometimes we do).
So what works you may be asking. A list. A plain and simple list. I just list what we'll have for dinner in the coming week...doesn't matter what day we eat what just so long as I pick one. I cannot explain why this is less stressful for me, but it is so I'm going with it. I took it a step further and made lists of what we like to eat for breakfast and lunch as well and picked 3 or 4 of those things this week to make sure I had on hand for those meals.
Here is what I have listed for this week:
Dinner listed in no particular order:
BLT's and cucumber/carrot sticks
Whole lemon chicken roasted/baked with rice and asparagus or green beans
Chicken quesadillas and tomato slices(using chicken from roasted chicken)
Wild Alaskan Salmon(probably fried), rice and broccoli
Beans and rice
Lunch:(I typically add fruit and/or veggies to all lunches)
Tomato soup/grilled cheese
Hot dogs(nitrate free)
Tuna salad with crackers
Sandwiches from leftover chicken
Eggs(though the pilot is not a fan)
Millet with coconut and craisins
Toast and fruit or smoothie
Yogurt and fruit
Let me know if you'd like a recipe for anything. And maybe you'll find that this works for you as well.