In 2006, I left the newsroom to work from home. I only had a few contacts, a few possibilities for work. We cut back on a lot of things in our budget: we went with basic cable, we stopped eating at restaurants, and as such, I had to learn to menu plan. Oh, and cook. But that’s another post in itself.
Menu planning for a two week span now seems like no big deal, but it had a steep learning curve at first. I would get frustrated if we didn’t follow my menu plan exactly. I had to learn to be flexible, to leave an empty “leftovers” day in case something needed to be moved due to accepting an invite for dinner with family or friends. I had to learn that it was not only okay but necessary to stop for milk multiple times per two weeks as well as hitting up the produce section (or the Farmer’s Market, depending on season) for the second week of fresh foods. We lost a lot of produce during that learning curve, but it’s okay. We’ve mostly learned our lessons.
Today my husband “let” me go grocery shopping with him. Usually he handles it on his own because I buy things like character shaped pretzels and all the shiny things. I behaved today, only grabbing one extra thing that wasn’t on my meticulously planned list: rice noodles for Asian meals that my husband previously couldn’t find. Big score.
I’ve been asked before to share my menu plan, but I’ve always shied away from doing so because of Foodie McJudgers. I decided to get over myself and share, just in case you’re looking for some easy meals. I think I’ll share more about this on a regular two week basis — like what I do on the nights my husband is working at the fire department, what I do on soccer nights, why we eat so early, and so on. If you have questions about menu planning, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll try to address them as I proceed with this series.
Now for our two week menu plan:
Maybe I’ll also finally share some of the recipes that we’ve taken and made our own over the years, like the non-linked ones above, and share them with recipes and pictures as this series continues. I am not exactly the best food blogger, but I know that I like to read about what other families do for meal times, how they make it work.
So, for this first post again, please hit me with any questions you may have!