I love menu planning, because it means that the question of “What’s for dinner?” is never a question. It’s on the calendar on the refrigerator, so even the boys know what’s for dinner. It’s in my planner where I write out — by hand, with pen! — absolutely everything. It’s in my phone, so I can access it from anywhere and so can my husband. I like having questions answered before they’re even asked.
Sometimes things come up that interfere with dinner. It happens to every family.
This week, our dryer arrived earlier than anticipated. I was looking forward to the Chipotle Popcorn Chicken last night, but as my husband was on the way to pick up the dryer, he called and said, “So, you can’t make dinner as I didn’t reconnect the gas just yet.” Oops. And so, I put the thawing chicken away and he picked up some sandwiches for dinner.
I moved the chicken to this menu plan, of course. That used to bother me. “OH NO! I DIDN’T FOLLOW THE MENU PLAN EXACTLY!” But I’ve gotten over it. I usually leave an empty day (or two) because I know we’ll do something or go somewhere or be invited somewhere or get a new dryer. I always schedule in a leftovers day as well, because leftovers happen (and are easy!).
And so, we have our next menu plan!
Linkable Recipes: Chipotle Popcorn Chicken, Ham, Broccoli, Egg Bake, Smothered Pork Burritos (though I may have my husband smoke the pork as opposed to crock potting it), Hoisin Noodles (shrimp), Meatball Pizza, Tortellini Spinach Bake, Korean Beef.
I’m sure something will get bumped in this plan as well, but we’ll go with it and make it work for our family. I’m excited for a few of the newer recipes as well as some of our family favorites. (Basically, I just like to eat food!)