I’ve never been much of a meal planner. To be quite honest, deciding what I will eat a few days down the line, seemed pretty much impossible so far. I eat with gusto and therefore I like to eat what I feel like eating when I feel like eating it. I guess, I am not very “disciplined” when it comes to eating (and luckily I never had to be). I think I do make smart choices for the most part, but I have never thought much of planning in advance what I eat. See also: I am lazy.
So, you might think that this can either mean one of two things:
a) I have to go to the store every day to pick up stuff I need for cooking dinner, or
b) I eat out a lot.
This is both not true. I even like to go so far as to say that I know my pantry/fridge staples very well and I hardly ever have to stop at the store to get something out of the ordinary. Admittedly, it also means I cook a lot of the same food items over and over (but come on, who doesn’t? We all have our fixed number of go-to meals, ain’t I right?) and I occasionally have to throw stuff out that went bad.
The good thing is: I usually can make a meal out of any random number of ingredients. I don’t necessarily go by a complete recipe list when I cook.
(Sidenote: J and I had a roommate once and we had decided on taking turns with grocery shopping and cooking. Let’s just say that I volunteered my shopping and cooking services rather quickly, when I realized our roommate would shop for every single ingredient of a recipe, even if he would only use it once, and spend insane amounts of $$ on groceries when it was his turn to shop. That didn’t fly with me for very long.)
While I am conscious of general food prices and sales, I hardly ever plan my meals around it or even stick to a shopping list. If I see something at the store that I want, I buy it (not all the time, but often).
All this to say, my goal for February is to try my hand at meal planning.. And with that, I mean the whole shebang: looking through the store ads on the weekend for specials/sales, plan our meals for the week accordingly and then write a shopping list and stick to it. Maybe even try more new recipes for a change.
What I really want to see is if a) we waste less food (although we don’t waste much as it is right now) and b) do I see a change in my monthly grocery bill?
I also look forward to challenging myself to be more open to eat what is on the plan for a given day instead of always giving in to my random cravings.
I got myself a pretty notebook and I’ll be documenting our meal planning in there for the next four weeks. This will be interesting. Wish me luck.