There are so many great reasons why I do this bit of extra work. Most importantly, it allows me to feel more "in control" of my life. I no longer find myself feeling panicked because I don't have anything defrosted and nothing sounds good to me. My kids no longer ask, "What Are We Having For Dinner?" because it's already written down.
Just because I'm writing it down doesn't mean I'm cooking more elaborate dinners, please note. Even if I'm making sandwiches for dinner, the decision's been made. I don't have any indecisiveness to bring me down during the already busy work week.
I also save money by doing this. I only buy the food I need to create this dinners. No longer do I find myself throwing something in the cart because it looks good, only to realize I didn't get around to cooking it and then it's thrown into the freezer. In addition, by planning ahead I have everything I need to make each dinner because I made my grocery list while sitting calmly in my kitchen. If I'm unsure about whether or not I have an ingredient, I just open the refrigerator and cabinets and look. No more purchasing something I already had!
This week's dinners are extra plain and unhealthy due to our schedule. It's the last week of school and I'm feeling a bit uninspired.
THIS WEEK'S DINNERS
Sunday: Turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, salad
Monday: Sweet and sour chicken, rice, salad (I almost bought bottled sweet and sour sauce, but I'm just going to make my own with pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce and vinegar)
Tuesday: Omelets, fried Spam, toast, and sliced strawberries
Wednesday: BLT sandwiches on the beach, potato chips
Thursday: Hot dogs, Shoestring fries