For the last 2 years, Wilzie has been working shift work – 2 days, 2 nights, 4 days off – and I hated it. theoretically, he had the same amount of weekends off as he worked, but his weekends seemed to go so fast and the weekends that he worked seemed to stretch on forever.
So when he was offered the chance to move to a different shift this year, he jumped at it.
For the next year he will be working Monday to Thursday, 9:30am – 8pm. And he will have every single weekend off.
And I rejoiced.
Until I realized that meant I had to cook dinner every night.
I have no shame in admitting that Wilzie is the cook in the family. He really likes to cook. I really don’t. He likes to try new things and experiment with different ingredients and doesn’t mind if it takes a couple of hours to complete. I like to open a can, or a box, pop things in the microwave and be done with it in a few minutes.
But now that I have to cook 3 full meals/week (+ one night of leftovers), and that boxed shit just won’t fly.
I just needed to figure out a plan.
So I turned to Pinterest, and Pinterest did not let me down.
I collected a large base of recipes that I could conceivably make, and I bought a day planner.
Last weekend, I went through my collected recipes and selected 3 to make last week. I wrote in my day planner what meals we would be having each day, made a grocery list of what I needed for each day and on Sunday we went shopping.
I’ve already planned out my meals for next week and gone shopping for my ingredients, and I’m actually looking forward to my time in the kitchen! I know that the pre-planning is the key for me to keep up with cooking well-balanced, real food during the week because if I am unprepared, out comes the KD.
Let’s just hope I can keep this up! And I think the perfect incentive to keep me in the kitchen is one of these beauties:
courtesy of Etsy
~ How do you decide what’s for dinner?