“What are we going to have for dinner?”
I hear this constantly. From either my starving, growing boys or from my starving husband, or from the teeny-bopper girl. And generally, I have no real idea. No real plan.
I’ll admit it now. I hate planning the meals. I have so many foods I like and I never get to have them. My boys will eat just about anything, my husband will hardly eat anything. I never know what will work and what won’t. I love to cook, but feel inadequate. Mostly? I bake.
Sometimes I stock my freezer and I love that. I’m always looking for more meals of that sort! Seems we eat at home more when I have a stocked freezer. For whatever reason I run out of time and end up at 7 PM with no plans, otherwise!
Today we tried something different. I got the teeny-bopper involved. We just sort of dug around to see what we could find. On the bright note, the freezer above my fridge is a bit lighter, good for moving day next week!
We pulled out a bag of shrimp, tossed in some frozen diced onions, and used a ton of butter. Then we grabbed some lemon juice from the fridge and dashed on some garlic, pepper, and italian herbs. No real measurements, just kept at it. We also boiled some asparagus and brown rice. In the end the dinner proved quite tasty, great news for no real recipe!
Here’s how the rest of the week looks so far (and I’m taking ideas for how to best cook with what randomness one might have as we move in a week and I want to clean things out):
Monday: Spaghetti (must remember to make bread!)
Tuesday: Freezer made chili and some homemade cornbread
Wednesday: ???? Thinking maybe some “If you find it you can have it” to clear out the random assortment of tater tots, chicken nuggets, and etc
Saturday Morning or Sunday Morning: Cinnamon Rolls I made from scratch and popped into the freezer.
As you can see, I’ve some blank days. Guess I need to see what I can locate in the freezer and whatnot!
At least I have a semi-sort of plan! I am already a step ahead of the game!
For now, it is bedtime. Who thinks I can keep to my goal of eating at home this week and formulating a plan? Who thinks I can possibly feed my family before 7:30 PM? No one? Yeah, well, I am sure going to try!
Trying is half the battle…
I have similar meal issues. Alot of foods — especially chicken — aren’t agreeing with Knight right now, so we have a LOT of beef dinners, or pasta. Ah well… the boy’s gotta eat!
Lady Ozma said:
My husband just won’t eat chicken
No digestive issues… my issues are all digestive. I have issues digesting some wheat products, cow products, greasy things… and I’m not huge on the condiments. Condiments are pretty easy, just don’t use mustard or mayo or whatever. But when I can’t eat 99% of beef because I get seriously ill and he just won’t eat chicken… it starts to limit your meal options.
I have found that if it has flavour, he doesn’t like it. Nothing “rich”. He says it tastes gross. I don’t know what his deal is and why he won’t do anything past beef, but it is very frustrating. And i know it is all in his head. I used ground turkey for six months before he realized it because he saw the package one day. Now it’s “I can just tell.” *SIGH* I have to suffer gastric distress but he can’t suck it up and eat food with flavour?
It’s so trying. I don’t know what to do, either. I get really tired of the same old stuff.
Re: My husband just won’t eat chicken
It makes me wonder if your hubby has hypersensitive tastebuds, like ‘s son does. Hrm.
Alternatively, does hubby ever do the cooking? Maybe you should make him plan the meals and/or do the cooking every now and then, so that he’ll appreciate what you do even more!
Lady Ozma said:
Re: My husband just won't eat chicken
I’ve wondered that. Seems the more bland it is, the more he likes it. You get anything with any sort of flavour and it’s “This is really gross”. The only thing he’ll do is like mexican food. Blargh. Though even that, not spicey mexican food. He actually likes Taco Bell. I didn’t know anyone actually LIKED taco bell. ROFL I thought we all just ate there because you can get 10 tacos for like 8 bucks.
I’ve tried to get him to plan the meals. It doesn’t work. He does share more in the cooking now, though he grumbles. It’s the only thing I can think to do. He’s gotten worse, too. When we got married he’d eat only meat lovers pizza. He liked ALL the meat on it. Now he’ll barely do the pepperoni. But he CLAIMS he never liked the italian sausage and stuff. Likewise he will eat kielbasa which has nearly no flavour in the greater scheme of things but you get a sausage that is infused with flavour? Forget it. It’s rough.
I feel bad for him. He misses out on good food. Plus because he’s so limited himself on what he can and can’t eat, he struggles with “Well I’m tired of that” syndrome. It’s really frustrating. For him as much as for me. I wish I knew what to do. Especially because I would love to make more foods. I mean you CAN cook shrimp more than just in some rice with soy sauce. Etc etc. You know?
He’s missing out on a whole world of yummy and he struggles everywhere we ever try to go out to eat… I don’t know what to do for him. 😦