For the past few weeks, I’ve been keeping track of what we’re eating on my google calendar.
Now, I should mention that Ryan and I treat our google calendar as our therapist. If there is something we need to get done, it better be on the calendar. If there’s something we need to talk about, we put it on the calendar. If we need a reminder to dress the girls in their costumes for celebration at daycare — I’m looking at you, superhero day and crazy socks day and pajama day — we put it on the calendar. I often tease Ryan for his dedication to the calendar, but truthfully, it helps us communicate and stay on top of things.
But back to meal planning. Every Sunday when I would sit down to plan out our meals, I would get stuck. What should we eat? What were we in the mood for? How could I plan what I’d want to eat on a Thursday on a Sunday? But, we are a two-household working family so we don’t have the luxury of a mid-week grocery trip. Instead, I agonize for an hour and then finally pick a few uninspired recipes to make and that is that.
Truthfully, we’ve always been very good about planning meals, cooking them, and eating at home Monday thru Thursday — even early in our marriage and relationship. In fact, I have always tried to cook at least one or two things on Sunday to carry us through the week. But lately, we’ve been in a rut.
And so, I turned to our trusty google calendar for all the answers. I started using our calendar to keep track of what we ate so I could look back and have some ideas. Or at least remind me I made my favorite roasted vegetable spaghetti bake three times in four weeks.
Google calendar really does have all the answers and is much cheaper than a therapist.
In case you are also feeling uninspired, here are a few of my favorite recipes to make:
A delish and clean eating spaghetti bake
A super easy and surprisingly delicious farro salad (this is especially good for picnics for some reason)
A weeknight treat since I love anything wrapped in tortilla especially black bean burritos
My girls go wild for this pasta with chickpeas
When I have grilled chicken that needs spicing up, this chimichurri sauce is just the ticket
I’m always on the lookout for something good to add to our rotation, here are a few recipes I’m
dying to try:
A pasta dish that also has bacon and parmesan
If I’m ever in a truly ambitious mood, a tofu curry will be in order.
How do you keep your dinners from getting boring? Any recipes I need to try?
(Photo by DinnerALoveStory)