Meal Plan Monday

This weekend something dawned on me.  I spend a lot of time dealing with food. 

It’s very important to me to provide delicious, high quality food for my family.  So, it makes sense that I would spend a good portion of time fulfilling this goal.  But I did the math (yes, I am a total math geek) and it came to roughly 10% of my week spent planning, procuring, and preparing said food.  And that was a conservative estimate.

Maybe that doesn’t sound so bad, but when you factor in the 37% I am (supposed) to be sleeping and the 28% I spend working, that doesn’t leave me much time to get everything else done, let alone play time.

And I’ve decided that I am getting totally ripped off.

Every weekend I rush, rush, rush trying to get all my errands and chores done, just so that I can return to work on Monday and do it all over again.  To what end?  Are vacuumed floors the key to happiness?

So I am looking for some ways to be more efficient so that I can enjoy my time off rather than resenting my pets for leaving furballs in every corner of my house. 

One of the changes I intend on implementing is bi-weekly grocery shopping.  Because I loathe going to the grocery store.  For absolutely no reason other than I hate to get everything organized only to forget the coupons or my Aldi quarter. 

But this means I will need to bring back the monthly meal plan.  Which honestly, can only be a good thing.  It ensures that there is always supplies to make several meals, which allows me to be more flexible in case I really can’t stand the idea of eating pork for dinner.  (Yeah, like that would ever happen.  Pork is #ALLCAPSAWESOME.) 

But for now, here is the week in food…

MondayMac ‘n Cheese

TuesdayGrilled Shrimp, Roasted Beets, Green Salad

WednesdayFried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Carmelized Carrots

ThursdayDinner with friends

FridayLeftovers

How do you organize your time?

 

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3 Responses to Meal Plan Monday

  1. Kim says:

    We do bi weekly shopping and meal plans. But, we still usually ahve to go once a week at least to get milk and produce. We go through that like crazy. I buy 2 gallons when I go and it still won’t last.

    • Jen says:

      I’m sure we’ll have the same thing, but it would just be a quick stop instead of an hour long adventure. But I think the biggest help would be extended meal planning. I really liked when I did one for the entire month. It’s just hard to shop with the sales that way.

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