I used to love to cook meals for my family. LOVE. I enjoyed menu planning, collecting recipes, even grocery shopping. Once I wondered if too many kids whining upon being presented their plate of dinner just wore me right out. Then last years crazy spring, crazier summer…we ate quick and easy and depended a lot on what Costco could make for us…if it was heat up-able or already half made, even better. WELL. That’s not really healthy, it’s more expensive, and kind of totally lazy.
Problem: DESIRE. I thought I wanted to change. But really: I cared less about being a good cook again than anything else. The desire was gone. I’d sit down to plan menus and grocery shop and literally couldn’t even remember what my old routine and standby recipes were. It was crazy. I even thought “I should pray to get that desire back” but I never did because…I could have cared less. It wasn’t like my kids were starving.
Two weeks ago I sat down to plan out a weeks worth of menus and it felt like I was walking to the guillotine. UGH. I HATE THIS JOB. EVERYONE WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT DINNER ANYWAY. AND NOW I’LL HAVE TO GROCERY SHOP FOR REAL. UGH.
Somehow, in 20 minutes, I had 7 dinners planned out. AND SIDE DISHES, TOO! I wrote out a grocery list right away and then got up and went to the store…RIGHT THEN.
Like a woman possessed (but obviously, a good kind of possessed…(???)).
Then, that whole week and a half (because: LEFTOVERS), I STUCK TO THE PLAN.
This was NOT a small miracle, friends. Even crazier, I DID IT AGAIN THE NEXT WEEK.
I’ve been using evernote the past half year for, well, ever’thing. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. The first time I tried it I thought it was so lame, but it’s NOT. Promise. Life changing and FREE.
I have a page for January meals that includes what we’re eating each day, plus the recipes at the bottom of the page so I don’t have to worry about printing things out or looking up links. This week we’ve had things change at the last minute a couple times. Like, tonight. I went to roast cauliflower for soup and the heating element in the oven broke in two places while it was preheating. Niiiiice…But I’ve updated the menu calendar each night as we’ve gone on so that’s also nice (and amazing).
I know 2 weeks isn’t some kind of sticking-to-a-menu-plan world record, but for someone who has been off that train for some time, it’s DARN good start.