Simpler Meal Planning

Who really succeeds at meal planning? Do you ever really want to stick with what you planned? I never did and I found I wasted just as much food prior to meal planning. Luckily, there’s Taco Tuesday! Yay! Every Tuesday, I know what we’re eating; tacos, burritos, or quesadillas (since my kiddies aren’t taco fans…. crazy, right?). Why not extend that to every day?

Well, that excellent idea was so simple and brilliant that of course, it was not mine. I found it in a book, Simplicity Parenting. So, every day we have a different theme for each meal and it’s made our lives easier. Ours are Pasta Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Dutch-oven Wednesdays, Rice or Soup Thursdays, Fish Friday, Grill Saturday and Open Sunday.

At first, it seemed limiting and I felt pressure to have a different meal of each theme. Soon, I found in an effort to continue these themed meals (only because my children were now excited for their planned meal and ate dinner better) I made certain staples over and over. One example is of Pasta Monday, how many variations can I do that is easy and nutritious that my children will eat????!!! Well, I found many… but they happily accepted the same broccoli, mushroom, tomato linguini with garlic cream sauce over and over and over again. My daughter is so happy over being able to predict the day’s theme. Sometimes she even picks a different noodle and is so happy. We even throw in chicken, sausage, or pork some nights.