Meal planning is an idea that I have tried on and off since living on my own, but it’s never really stuck. I’m not the most organized person, so it was hard to be disciplined enough to stick with it. But I am trying something new, and it seems to be helping.
If you read any Waldorf education literature or blogs, you know that one of the things that they are always talking about it Rhythm. Having a rhythm to your days and weeks and seasons and years. I’m not so good at that either. Working for myself and my son not going to school means that we can do whatever we want, whenever we want. Although in practice, we do tend to have the same routine, day-to-day.
The Dominos Pizza in our town has a special deal on Wednesdays for a $4 medium pizza. If I eat something else too, a medium splits very nicely between the two of us. It’s also nice to have a break from cooking, so I usually run errands right up until dinner on Wednesdays, so we can pick up the pizza on our way home. Thus Wednesday is Pizza Day.
Saturday mornings have always been Pancake (french toast or waffle day), and lately I’ve been making a sweet dessert type breakfast thing on Sunday mornings. These days were going well, so I decided to extend the idea to every other day of the week.
I had heard designating each day of the week to a certain type of meal before, but I hadn’t worked it into our life very well. After all, as vegetarians, we couldn’t have chicken night and beef night, etc. But this time, I think I worked out a schedule that we can actually stick to.
Monday is mashed potato and muffin day. We have some sort of a lot of green vegetables with the potatoes. This is one of our favorite meals. Last night we had the first potatoes from our garden, and they were amazing. I also very lightly steamed some swiss chard and kale from our garden to go with them, and made carrot raisin muffins.
Tuesday is soup and bread day. I make some kind of soup and 2 loaves of homemade bread: one plain and one cinnamon raisin.
Wednesday is Pizza Day! (Caleb’s favorite day of the week.) I generally have something else with this like a big salad.
Thursday is stir fry and rice night. This encompasses any vegetable dish that goes over rice-stir fry, curry, anything really.
Friday is Mexican night. Enchiladas, chili, tacos, etc.
Saturday is pasta night. I make lasagna once a month with homemade noodles, and freeze half for another week. Other than that it’s whole wheat spaghetti and broccoli or rigatoni with pasta sauce for my son.
Sunday is cookout night. In the summer that means veggie burgers. In the winter, it generally means something warmer like chili and/or potatoes. I make a fire in our backyard firepit with my wood scraps. The paper towels from wiping off the excess oil and beeswax from my toys make excellent fire starters.
This rhythm has been working well for us the past couple of weeks. I took the things we regularly eat anyway, and assigned them days. We have enough variety, since we are changing the exact meal every week, but it takes the deciding out of dinner time. Even if I haven’t planned out a meal. All I have to do is think of some kind of soup or mix up some vegetables to go over rice.
Does anyone else do this? What are your categories? Does anyone do this for all 3 three meals?