Sticking to a Meal Plan

Given the choice, I’d rather not cook at all. It doesn’t bring me joy (unless it’s brownies and I get to lick the bowl) in the way that I hear a lot of women describe. Feeding my family, for me, is just part of my job, like dusting or vacuuming or the laundry. It isn’t that I’m a horrible cook, I’m just not “into it.” I just don’t like to do it.

I can easily plan a week of meals thanks to Food Blogs and Recipe links. But sticking to the plan…ahhh, there’s the rub.

Fast food is my weakness. I know it isn’t good for us, any of us. And I hang my head in shame admitting how often I beg my husband to “just pick something up on the way home.” There are so many other things I’d rather be doing than preparing a meal for a family of four that will spend two minutes at the table after I’ve just spent at least 30 minutes in prep and cook time.

But our budget, and our health, is telling me that I MUST do it. So, I’m going to try, once again, to make it through the week without dipping into the “fast food cesspool of convenience.”

I thought that maybe if I announce the plan publicly, and then blog the results, that I’ll “peer pressure” myself into keeping to my plan. Maybe a little public accountability (or humiliation, whichever the case may be) is what I need.

So, without further ado, here’s the plan:

Sunday:               Minestrone Soup and bread

Monday:              Soy Veggies, steamed rice and teriyaki chicken (Chicken marinated in Kikoman’s Teryaki glaze)

Tuesday:              Spanish Chickpeas and Rice service with guacamole garnish and tortilla chips

Wednesday:        Rigatoni with Italian Chicken– this is a new recipe to me. We’ll see how the fam likes it.

Thursday:            Chicken Fritz over mashed potatoes with green beans

Friday:                 Pancakes (because you have to live a little)

That’s the plan. I may switch things around a bit, depending how the week goes with snow days, work, and the unexpected. But I’m going to try my best. I have to…because my family is depending on me.

Wish me luck! I’m going to need it.

How about you? Do you have trouble sticking to a meal plan?

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