Honestly, I don’t really LIKE doing a menu plan (although I do like the actual cooking part!). (Just to clear that up; since I make a plan every week, you might think I do it for fun.) It sounds much more fabulously fun to just grab whatever sounds good from the refrigerator and munch away.
But I’ve realized, that if I don’t actually plan for something to be IN the refrigerator, the pickings are rather slim (oh, plus that lettuce wilting in the corner- ‘forgotten’ again). In the long run, my menu plan helps make sure we have good meals for our family everyday, and I can avoid waste by using up leftovers, produce, etc. Having a meal plan actually makes the week go so much smoother without those “Quick, it’s 5:00 and I still don’t know what to make for dinner; and something smells weird in the fridge again!” moments.
But MOVING and meal planning? Ugh. My least favorite season. (Like, will we have any dishes to cook/eat with?) It’s definitely a week where I need to be conscious of what we have available for quick, easy meals- along with the challenge of staying gluten-free. During times when I need to be focusing on packing boxes, I don’t want to be spending a lot of time on meal preparation. So, here is my attempt at a plan.
I have a SPUD order in for the week, so that we will have some basic groceries during our first few days in our new home. (I’ll likely be without a car to run to the store, so I’m trying to be prepared.) I’m sure looking forward to cooking in our new sunny kitchen, though!