Menu Plans

Menu Planning Fails

I’ve been trying very hard to menu plan pretty much since May when I really dove deep into homemaking and such. I’ve tried everything from doing breakfast, lunch and dinner to only lunch and dinner. The fact of the matter is that when menu plans were going smoothly for me was when we were living back in Puerto Rico, this because we had a huge fridge/freezer where I could easily store everything, I had a microwave that made reheating easy and I had lots of tupperware containers to store food. I remember one week I only planned dinners, made a big batch of cous cous salad and a pasta with vegetables and that’s what we had for lunch.

Fast forward to August in Connecticut and I just can’t seem to make it work. In theory it’s destined to work out, I research, plan, organize, etc. Sadly, I always seem to forget something at the store or miscalculate the time it’ll take to cook something. Honestly, right now┬áit’s just too much to do lunch and dinner. Our tupperware containers haven’t arrived yet so I can’t really cook up a lot and save the rest and though I don’t mind not having a microwave, (our oven has a microwave setting), it is a bit annoying when you want to heat something up like rice and beans and chicken, all which require different times. All of a sudden I have two pans out plus the oven baking sheet which must get washed along with everything else used for lunch. By the time dinner gets around, I want to throw my husband a piece of turkey and yell “catch”.

So, what I think I’m going to do tomorrow is cook up a big batch of turkey chili which I can freeze in ziploc bags. It’s easy to thaw just an hour or so before and then warm up at a low heat on the stovetop. Once everything gets here and I have my food processor I can make other types of soups. I’m going to test out having soups for lunch and then our regular dinners to see how it works out.

Luckily we don’t have kids and it’s just us two who get affected, haha. I think I deserve some chocolate for trying so hard.

Is there something you have trouble with as a homemaker?