Remember earlier in 2012 when I was struggling to even plan one week of meals? It was on my goal list for months, yet I never managed to make it happen (mostly because of the difficulty in planning meals when you’re half living together. And extreme laziness on my part). I’d even found an adorable template to use and I still couldn’t get my shit together. Eventually I dropped it off my goal list because I couldn’t take the stench of failure anymore.
When we moved in together, our pattern of frequent take out continued. Until Mr. Dollars suggested one day that we not only meal plan, we meal plan ALL OF NOVEMBER.
I told him he was insane. But then agreed that if we wanted to try and eat healthier and actually do more of our own cooking, we weren’t going to get there by buying takeout and getting delivery all the time. And it’s nice to either come home to all your ingredients and a recipe, or a meal your crock pot slaved over for eight hours (so you didn’t have to). We agreed that easing into it would probably be the best approach, so we started meal planning almost two weeks ago. It’s gone well so far and I’m really looking forward to making it our regular routine (it’s already become a Sunday tradition that we sit down and plan the week of meals out).
We started meal planning by making a list of all the meals we like to eat on a regular basis. Then I went all Typical Virgo/Type A on that mother and made my best spreadsheet yet:
So now, we go to the spreadsheet to find meals for the week, and I can see what unusual items we may need to add to the grocery list. Although I haven’t quite mastered the shop once a week thing, I figure it’s ok because we basically live in the parking lot of a grocery store.