Every woman dreads hearing these words from her kids or her spouse when she's clearly got a lot on her plate (plate - dinner - ha!) already, and she has to come up with a family-pleasing meal on the spot. Being the over-planning control freak that I am, I have come up with a system that eliminates this question from my family's repertoire of annoying questions.
Since I loathe the grocery store (probably from practically growing up in one), our family makes only one scheduled trip every week on Friday night. Before said trip, I always plan what I call the "menu" for the week that is always displayed on one of those long magnet-backed, lined notepads (the ones that you can find in the $1.00 section at Target) on the side of the refrigerator. Planning the menu for the week and making out the grocery list are the bane of my week - I just hate doing it. There's so much planning that goes into it (checking schedules, checking the weather, trying to provide variance, trying not to repeat anything from the week prior, and trying to please everyone), that I just end up hating it.
However, the upside is that for the half hour of annoyance, I avoid so much more aggravation all week. I like to create diversity in my dinner menu by incorporating the following elements:
Mark has stopped asking me "What's for dinner?" because he can clearly see what I have planned right there on my organized menu on the side of the fridge. If your kids are old enough to articulate their likes and dislikes, include them in the planning for the week. A good streamlined dinner menu can alleviate a lot of weekly stress, and who doesn't want that?!
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!