I've also learned that for us it is helpful for me to make "plan-overs" where instead of cooking a meal each day, I make a double batch on my cook day and then we eat what's left-over on the next day. Now that our life is back into theater mode I TRY to plan it so that the left-over day is on a day where we are busy so that I don't have to figure out dinner and rely on "PizzaGuy Pizza"* too much.
Recently when trying to figure out what meals to plan out a friend told me how she has a rotating menu of the same 17 meals that she uses. That idea seemed good to me. And it was helpful that I already had from many years ago come up with a similar list only I hadn't put it into a rotation. I had just wrote out all the meals from each protein that we typically eat. Which got me thinking about this video, but of course my pickies aren't going to eat items from a Chinese take out menu. lol
So after my friend made the suggestion, I took all of our list and started putting it into a rotation. I tried to organize it so that we weren't having silly mix ups like barbeque chicken and barbeque pork in the same week because certain family members would get upset. Here's my list...
I only started this recently (as in this week's grocery shopping). I only needed to purchase one meat item to make it work as I had already stocked up on the rest of what I needed before. YAY! Nice to go to the store and only need milk. lol
I'm hoping this makes things much easier. We'll see.
*many years ago Darly got a Barbie doll house that had a sound chip in it. Two of the phrases on the chip refer to the Barbie family ordering from PizzaGuy Pizza. So now our family's running joke is to call up dad at work and request PizzaGuy Pizza. Which means he stops by Little Cesars' Pizza on the way home from work.