How’s your weekend going so far? After watching a disappointing Ireland vs. Wales Six Nations rugby match at The Banshee, I spent a wild and crazy Saturday night doing some freelance work and catching up on emails and life in general.
I can’t believe it has taken me so long, but I finally started compiling all of my cooking at home adventures into once place. So far, I have only gathered a few months; who knew I cooked so much?! I am hoping this new page will be a helpful, scan-able resource that will eventually feature all of the cooking and baking I have done, organized by category, but I did want to share in case, like me, you are shopping today to plan meals for the week.
I am sometimes asked about cooking and meal planning, and I wish I had a more organized way of going about it. Basically, throughout each week, I come across recipes whether it be on blogs, on TV, in magazines, or if I take the time to sit down with my mountain of cookbooks. As I go through the week, I write down recipes I want to try, usually for dinner, and start to compile a list based on the ingredients.
Before I go shopping, if I am being smart, I do a thorough inventory of what we have. I know we will always need milk for tea and cereal, almond milk, spinach, and bananas for smoothies, oatmeal, and yogurt. Those are the things that we always buy. After that, I try to figure out lunches. To save money and make sure he eats well, I send lunch with my husband fur days a week, so at the beginning of each week I try to figure out if dinners will have leftovers and then supplement that with sandwich or salad ingredients.
I leave about 10% of space on my list for new finds, which, if you shop at Trader Joe’s, you know are pretty common. They often have some sort of new frozen vegetables, soups, sauces, or snacks that might become part of or central to a meal I hadn’t thought of. That’s probably my favorite part of the meal-planning process, the chance to be creative on the fly.
I probably should get a little more organized with planning meals, but so far, so good. We seem to eat pretty well without overspending on takeout or finding ourselves without food in the house.
How do you plan meals for the week? Do you plan out every meal or just really stock up on ingredients so that you are ready for anything?