Greg and I menu plan. We started before we had kids, to prevent the conversations we’d have in the car on the way home from work, tired and hungry:
Greg: What’s for dinner tonight?
Me: I dunno, why is it up to me?
(To be fair, he often worded it differently, like “Any thoughts on dinner?”. But no matter how it was asked, it always got me riled up.)
For the longest time we just did it a week at a time. But last year I changed it to a two-week plan. Partly because I was sick of doing it every week and partly because we started ordering some of our food from spud and that required me to be a bit more organized.
So now, every second Monday or Tuesday night, we put together a two week menu plan. And we’re darn good at sticking to it. We do change the days up depending on what we forget to take out of the freezer, but for the most part we don’t change the meals. And it’s actually mostly me who does the planning. This is because I’m terrible at multi-tasking, and if Greg is doing it with me, he often suggests an idea while I’m in the middle of writing down ingredients for another meal. And then I lose my train of thought and end up forgetting to write some key ingredient down.
Our eventual plan is to get a bunch of the recipes we use often digitized so we can quickly search for ideas instead of flipping through recipe books for every meal. (I am very much a follow-the-recipe kind of cook.) That is still on our to-do list, though.
There are a couple of other advantages to doing the plan, aside from keeping our marriage intact. One is we do way fewer trips to the grocery store. And the other is we eat better. Before when we’d just go to the grocery store to grab something for dinner, it often was something unhealthy.
Some people have told me they couldn’t do a plan because they wouldn’t know what they felt like eating on a particular night. There is the odd time that I’ve felt that, but generally the meals on the plan are ones we really enjoy eating, and it hasn’t come up very often.
I have no suitable closing comment for this post so I’m just going to end it right there.