C and I have finally nailed down dinners; it only took 2 1/2 years. We have a solid list of the “regulars” from which we pick, as well as a binder full of things that are “waiting to be tried,” many of which came from the Foodees site. We then use these resources to put together a calendar for the entire month of what we’re going to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This helps me tremendously, as I don’t think well on the fly. If I didn’t plan, we’d end up eating cold cereal for dinner and marshmallows for dessert. Every night. Although, would that be that bad?!
While reading my Cooking Light magazine the other day, someone shared a tip that I now find invaluable. Find a theme for each night of the week and choose your dinners from that theme. In our house, for example, it has become the following: Sunday is “International Night.” Monday is “Pizza night.” Tuesday is “Mexican night.” Wednesday is “Breakfast night.” Thursday is “Grill night.” Friday is “Pasta night.” Saturday is “Soup and Sandwich night.” Most of the things that we eat fell easily into one of these categories, so we didn’t have to add many things.
Why do I like this so much? Normally when doing our monthly planning, I struggle to make dinners as varied as possible; I don’t want spaghetti right next to the homemade mac and cheese, for example. This is totally going to eliminate this. Also, although we now have entrees down pat, we still struggle with sides. But we decided that we’ll pick a side that is particular to that day. For example, the side for pizza night? A green salad of course! And finally, it will help with the grocery shopping. I know that for international night and pizza night, I’m more likely to need fresh produce, so shopping on Saturday makes this easier. No more trips to Giant on a Wednesday just for scallions!
Given that today is Monday, I’m really looking forward to pizza tonight. Thai Chicken Pizza, to be precise. And if it’s good, look for the recipe on the Foodees soon!