Meal planning. The term itself seems to conjure up dread.
I’m the kind of person that loves lists, loves plans. I also know from experience that if I meal plan, I save a lot more money than if I don’t take the time to make a plan for meals before I go grocery shopping.
When it comes to meal planning, I have tried it all.
I’ve tried doing themed-meal nights to make things easy – Taco Tuesday, Sheet Pan Dinner Thursday, Fish Friday, etc. I somewhat stick to this when I sit down to make a grocery list, but for the most part, this has gone to the wayside.
I’ve tried planning meals two weeks in advance.
I’ve even tried planning meals a month out in advance. (What’s hilarious about this one is that I did it after my second baby — who does this kind of madness?)
I’ve made a huge list of “Meals We Like to Eat” and keep it in my planner to make meal-planning easier. I look at this list, but then get on Pinterest to figure out what we actually are going to eat. So it looks good, and seems like a nice idea, but it isn’t reality.
I’ve made huge batches of freezer meals, which worked for while, but I stopped doing that, too, for absolutely no good reason.
When it comes right down to it … I’m just a meal planning failure.
All of these things that I’ve tried, I have not stuck to long-term. Currently, my meal planning looks like this: make a menu for a full-week, make a grocery pick-up run based on the menu. So far, so good, right? And it would be, if I would sit down and make the menu again week after week. But instead of doing that like a responsible adult, at the end of the menu week, the plan changes to eat grilled cheese or pick up pizza, or make peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches, or eat the always-present eggs and toast again for dinner because sitting down and making a menu seems like the worst thing in the world at that moment.
I have no idea why I am this way. I have great plans for the next week every single week, but when that day arrives, something seems to hijack my plans. A long day at work or crying children or a bad headache … and it just seems easier to push it off until tomorrow.
I know some people manage to not only meal plan but also meal prep on the weekends. I can’t even imagine having this level of preparedness to have everything cooked for the week. They are clearly winning at life in a way that I’m not even going to attempt.
As of now, we’ve eaten basically everything in the fridge, and I couldn’t put it off any longer. I made my menu and will pick up the groceries later today. When next Tuesday comes around, we’ll be back to eating grilled cheese or eggs and toast.