Continuing on with my word of the year, Bones, I want to talk about food. I want to get the bones of our diet nice and solid. I cook dinner, from scratch, almost every night. Some nights are for fishsticks from a box because this is real life, folks, and I try to keep it real. I am mildly organized to the point of planning a weekly dinner menu and shopping according to what I'll need for those meals, but I find myself (more often than not) scrambling the hour or two before I'm to head to the market (fancy!) to plan out our meal. Quickly pouring through magazines or cookbooks looking for inspiration. Gah! Quick Pintrest searches! Martha Stewart FOOD! Nourishing Traditions and my BHG Red Cookbook. I end up usually sticking to tried and true recipes and that is just boring, my friends! Right?
Every week I end up kicking myself because I want meal planning to be
low stress and I actually, really enjoy it, but the rushing really takes away from the experience for me. I like trying new recipes
and making our food look pretty, but, since I usually wait until the last minute to pick out our meals, I end up not making super adventurous dishes or trying the fun things I pin or see on blogs. (I'm so thankful that this is a problem in my life, by the way. What a wonderful, luxurious problem to have. :)
I want to try and make a family cook book or maybe a personal Pintrest board with all our "usual" meals and ones that I want to try, too. Having them "there" and right in front of me with the click of a button will making menu planning much easier. Also, I want to have one place where my favorite recipes are written down just in case anything happens to me. That way, Bubby and Roman can have our favorites in the flesh and not just floating around in my head. I feel like recording favorite recipes are a must. One of my prized possessions is a recipe written out by my Grandmother, her penmanship so neat and thin. I told my Mom that I want to inherit the little green cookbook that her mom wrote for her when she dies. I already have dibs on Mom's sweet wedding band, too. (Is that morbid?)
Back to our food bones... I want to spend one day a month and sit down and start planning the meals for the next four weeks, and really take my time and enjoy it. SO often I see something in a cookbook or on a blog and make a mental note to try it in the future because the upcoming week just doesn't allow trying a new recipe out without me stressing over it. Some days, especially if Bubby is going to be working late or out of town or if I have a meeting at The Nova Studio or a crochet class, I want easy. Crockpot meals or something that I can whip up from memory in fifteen minutes. Tried and true.
So, despite how wordy I feel this post is, I want to bring some order to our meal planning bones. Our favorite recipes written out or neatly compiled into a book. (this will make it easier for Dustin to help me pick meals out!) Pintrest board for ideas. Four weeks of dinners planned out ahead of time so this Momma can have more fun in the kitchen and less stress come grocery shopping day. Less wasting our food and more making our dollars count!
Simplifying and structuring our food bones.
Does you plan out your meals?
Do you do weekly, monthly or just fly by the seat of your pants every night?
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