Something I have come to realize lately is that I don't know how to cook.
Well, I sort of do. I'm a master at grilled cheese and ground taco beef.
What I definitely don't know how to do is meal plan. And then get groceries and cook healthy meals.
You see...my whole life I've either been depending upon someone else to feed me (Mom & Dad, then college cafeteria) or I've been dieting. Or eating lots of junk food.
But I've never just planned out, this is what I'm eating. And if I did, it didn't last for very long, or it was just for myself...not for a family of four.
Now that I am having a second child, I realized I can't just wing it every night for dinner anymore. I need a plan. And leftovers. And packed lunches. And a way to save money while doing this.
So in my head I have been putting together some ideas for meal planning. The first idea I came up with was that I was going to have set meals for dinner on certain nights. For example Mondays would be Mexican food. (probably tacos). Tuesdays would be soup and sandwich. (maybe in the summer we could switch that soup to salad.)
Fridays might have to be pizza.
So I mentioned this plan to my hubby and the first question he came up with was this:
Hubby: "So how are you making the soup?"
Me: "I'm going to open the can, pour it in a pot and heat it up."
And this is where I got upset. I said that's why I didn't cook.
I'm lucky, my hubby is an excellent cook and most of the time he does it from scratch. Using ingredients from our garden (if we have one) or farmer's markets. It intimidates me. I feel like whatever I make won't be good enough. So I stopped trying. (he used to work from home and was able to make our dinner every night, but now his job keeps him out until past when Zoe is hungry.)
I decided that in order to feed two kids, he was just going to have to deal with my methods. Because I'm home with them at 5:30 when they are hungry. And he doesn't get home until later. SO that is just the way it goes. :) After working all day, I need something quick and easy and nutritious.
Anyone have any good meal planning ideas? Please don't suggest I do a whole lot of cooking on Sundays. Ain't nobody got time for that. That's laundry, football and the only time we get to spend together as a family if we aren't already doing something else. :)