Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Help! I need some ideas. . . .

This may be a silly, or plain out stupid question, but how do you meal plan? I try to be good about eating "healthy" and I have been not feeling that great after eating high carbs, white flour, or sugar, so I haven't been eating those types of food. I don't want to deprive Tyler from his comfort foods, but I don't know where to begin.. . . . I grew up in a family where we had a stay at home mom and she took care of all that. 

Do you plan for the whole week?
Do you make everyone eat the same food?
Do you shop every day, or every week?

We both are working about 55 hours a week, and sometimes it's just hard and tiring. I just need some ideas!

Thanks so much!


  1. I wish I had some advice for you, but I am struggling with this myself. Maybe it helps to know that you're not alone?! The weeks when I plan ahead are much better, but I can't seem to get myself into the habit of planning out every week. I often find myself at 4pm, standing in the kitchen staring into the fridge and freezer or into the pantry, trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

    Everyone eats the same food in my house, but I do understand your desire to not limit Tyler.

    I shop at a number of stores, so I'm often, but not daily, going to a grocery store, but that doesn't seem to help in the meal prep department.

    Something that has really helped has been making big batches of meals and freezing them. If I'm making chili or soup, for example, I'll make a monster vat of it and then freeze half to eat later. It also helps to keep chicken and beef in my freezer. I can pull it out, marinate it and have Gregg grill it.

  2. We usually sit down and plan out the week. We look at the sales ad, list anything we are craving and consider what nights we have stuff going on or when my husband wont be home. Then we write the grocery list off of what we came up with.

    I always have quick stuff(eggs/bacon, Tyson chicken etc...) for nights when I forget to pull something out or were not "feelin" what we planned on.

    We do stop at the store in between for bread, milk, fruit or whatever, but it is always quick.

    It saves $$ when you don't go everyday.

  3. I am a huge "salad" person. So I have salads with bean burgers on them...and some goat cheese or something. Maybe you and Tyler can eat partially the same meal, but if he needs the more "starchy"..he can do that while you avoid those foods if you so wish.

    I usually shop a couple of times a week...but I do not have a job out of the home. So it is easier for me than most.

  4. Awesome ideas everyone! Thank you so much! Who knew that fixing food could be such a big deal! :)


    Like Lora, we usually think about meals ahead of time, and shop on the weekends according to sales.

    We often buy a big bag of chicken breasts and grill them up all at once, then keep them in the freezer. That way I can always pull out chicken for a casserole, fajitas, pasta alfredo, whatever.

    We're known to grill up a bunch of pork chops as well and keep them in the freezer -- pull them out in the morning, reheat at dinner time, add a veggie/salad, a baked potato...DONE!

    I also keep a ton of cooked up ground turkey in the freezer as well -- pull it out for tacos, pasta sauce, sloppy joes.

    Everyone gets the same dinner. If they don't like it, they get oatmeal. It's been a rule around here forever and works well for us :)

    He packs leftovers for lunch the next day, while I usually have a salad topped with veggies, some grilled chicken, and salsa. The girls usually have a sandwich or quesadilla for lunch.

    I do have to make a trip back to the store to restock produce about mid-week...we rely on fruit and veggies heavily to help stretch each meal.

    I keep tubes of yogurt in the freezer for snacks, along with boxes of raisins/other dried fruit, granola bars, and pretzels.

    I tend to make batches of things like pancakes, waffles, and french toast and then freeze them to pull out for breakfasts during the week for the girls. I usually stick to yogurt with some walnuts and blueberries for breakfast. Jay usually takes a granola bar and coffee for his commute.

    We eat rice a lot. I wish we didn't, but we do. My husband is half Japanese and was raised in a very Japanese home -- rice has been a staple of his for his entire life, and it has become a staple in our home as well. i do try to serve brown or wild rice whenever possible, but the truth is that it just isn't the same for my family...we don't drink a lot of soda, we don't eat many desserts...but I guess white rice is a vice for us :)