Hello friends! I hope you are all doing well. I’m a hobbling mess and experiencing shooting pains with a sciatica problem that is acting up big time (one of those things that never went away after pregnancy). I even had to break the cane out this week as I figured that was less embarrassing than falling down flat on my face. Anyone have any suggestions for me? I did go for massage but even that didn’t seem to work this time like it has in the past. So frustrating.
So how about we get into our menu plan stumbling block right away. Many people think menu planning is way to rigid an activity for them. They don’t understand how menu planning can be flexible if necessary.
Menu planning when things don’t go as planned
First of all it’s totally going to happen, let’s just get that out of the way. I don’t think anyone who menu plans sticks to it precisely ever single week. So please don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself veering of course every once and awhile. After all, that’s the beauty of menu planning! Menu plans are not meant to make your life more complicated, menu plans are designed to help you simplify life and give you one less thing to think about each day. If some days you don’t stick to your menu plan exactly, it’s really not the end of the world.
Some of the things that can happen:
- you forgot to thaw the meat
- you end up being busier than expected with less time to cook
- you just didn’t feel like eating what was planned that day
- your husband surprised everyone by taking you out to eat (who’s going to pass that up!)
- friends invited you over for dinner at the last minute
- you decided to let your kids eat potato chips for dinner (and for five minutes I was the best mom in the whole wide world!)
Menu planning allows you to go with the flow, it provides so much more flexibility than people give it credit.
What you can to do to compensate:
- on really busy days switch one day with another simpler day. You already have the ingredients in the house so flip flopping is easy to do.
- scrap the meal altogether and remind yourself why the next time you create a menu plan….recipe was too complicated, took too much time, etc. Learn from this experience.
- Move a missed meal to leftover day (to use up ingredients that might spoil) and put any leftovers away in the freezer for the following week.
- Quickly plug the list of ingredients you’d originally planned to use into the advanced search field of your favorite recipe site (mine is Taste of Home) to come up with an alternative meal you think you might enjoy more.
- If ingredients will keep, simply move that recipe to the following week
Don’t sweat it!
So this is the week my 29 Day Organizing Challenge starts. If you haven’t read about it and think this might be a challenge you are up for, be sure to check out my challenge page by clicking the button below.
Last week I made this Apple Dumplings recipe and I have to tell you that they were absolutely delicious! I even cut the sugar mixture in half and used the reduced fat croissants (shhh, nobody tell Janelle!) and they were still to die for. It would make an awesome potluck or company dessert. Wish I’d remembered to take a picture for you but we ate them too fast :)
Have a great week everyone!
My Menu Plan:
Tuesday: Skillet Tacos
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken served with rice and broccoli
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Friday: Quick Homemade Pizza
Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?
Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.
More family favorite recipes here.