This meal planning thing can get really complicated. I like to keep things very simple, but for those of you who are more adventurous, or who don’t like repeating the same meals every week or every-other week, I have some ideas that can hopefully get you started. And heck, maybe you will have some ideas I haven’t heard of! If so, please share in the comments.
I always thought this sounded kinda corny. However, as I have mentioned before, I do repeat meals a lot (and make a lot of chicken meals), so when I read about it for the umpteenth time, I thought why not try?
And guess what? It’s pretty helpful, especially if you’re idea and creativity challenged like I am. So, you have stuff like:
Meatless Mondays (not happening around here).
Whatever Wednesdays (leftovers?)
And so on.
At least it gives you a starting point, and some of us need a place to start. I used to basically have the same thing every Monday (spaghetti), Tuesday, (beef tips), Wednesday (tacos), etc. I mean the exact same meal each and every week. I’ve mentioned that I don’t crave a LOT of variety, but I could see the value in having something like “Italian” night instead of spaghetti night.
I am fortunate that my dear husband is also a
stick-in-the-mud person who doesn’t require lots of variety in his meals, but he seems to appreciate a bit of it as well.
Main Ingredient Nights
This is one that I like a lot, partially because of the chicken thing. Chicken night is more than one night a week in my house. I LOVE chicken and don’t think anyone could possibly have too many chicken recipes! So, here are some examples
Pasta (I’m going to leave “night” off because you get the idea, right?)
Fish (not in my house)
Type Of Cooking Nights
This one works for my tastes and style, too (and my husband’s).
Soup & Sandwich
This final idea speaks to me as well. I’m thinking you can even mix and match this one with the previous one of types of ingredients. So you could do stir fry/shrimp, instant pot/chicken, outdoor grill/beef, casserole/pasta, etc. In this way, you could probably have a wider variety of dishes if you and/or your family likes that better.
I hope these ideas can get you started on the way to meal planning if, like me, you’ve never been too adept at navigating the organizational waters of your life.