I just completed a meal planning calendar for June. Meal planning is one of those things that I always wish I did, but more often than not I end up flying by the seat of pants. This lack of planning usually results in more evenings consisting of take-out or trips to Zippy’s than I care to admit.
My calendar is not impressive or pretty, but it is realistic. We will eat leftovers once a week and do “breakfast for dinner” every Thursday since I have a 3-hour dance practice in the afternoons which leaves me little time or energy to prepare dinner. Breakfast for dinner in our household provides 3 options: Japanese breakfast (miso soup, eggs, and rice), french toast, or pancakes. I am not aiming for any culinary masterpieces this month, but my goal is to eat in more. If it means that corned beef & cabbage or casseroles, then so be it. Thankfully, my family isn’t very picky and they think my simple fare is quite tasty.
Of course, by eating in, we will save money and calories which is a good thing on both counts.
Here’s to hoping that I can stay fairly on track with this schedule. If it works, then I will be a little more ambitious in July and diversify my menu. Wish me luck!
If you’re interested in eating in more than out, here’s a good article from Lifehacker entitled, “How Can I Get More into Cooking at Home?” that I am keeping in my back pocket as a reminder.
Who is Champuru?Aloha, I'm Donna, known everywhere on the Internet as "Champuru." I was born and raised in Hawaii. I'm a Christian. I'm married to my best friend of 18 years, we struggled with infertility and successfully conceived via IVF (and by the grace of God!) in 2008. I resigned from my coveted "secure" government job to be a work-at-home mom to my 3-year-old daughter. Using my degree in Information Technology and the skills obtained in the marketplace, I started my own business. Now, I work from home, taking clients on a part-time basis, working in my PJ's while the little one sleeps. Life isn't always easy, but it's all good.