We were in Washington DC a few weeks ago. We travel with a friend and work for him in exchange for airfare and fantastic hotel digs so everybody wins! Glenn works really hard on these trips. I work hard on a couple days but always have one, blissful day with a blank schedule. I sleep in, take a super long shower, wear the fluffy hotel-robe, and meet the guys for a fancy lunch. This time around I managed to get in my “long run” on the treadmill. It’s so nice to do it without having to smash other things in around it! That was pretty much it for my self-discipline while I was there. I read, I used the clicker my very own self, I talked to Cathy on the phone. The one thing I did manage to do was plan a menu.
I took the whole month of June and scheduled five meals for every week. Lately I’ve felt like I was just presenting the same four or five meals in varying order so I wanted to take the time to plan the whole month and make sure we got a few variations. The irony is that I ended up kind of using a formula so it may still feel the same to family. Here’s what I did:
I listed four entree-type salads. Cathy calls these $10 salads because that’s what they would cost at a restaurant.
I listed four sandwich-type meals.
I listed four grilled meat with veg’ and salad meals.
I listed four bake-in-a-9×13-meals to share with my MIL.
I listed four weeknight-one-skillet-dinners.
Then I plugged them in. I moved them around so we didn’t have rice as a side dish more than once a week etc and tried to make sure we didn’t do a whole week of Mexican food followed by Asian food the next week.
Here’s what we ended up with:
The asterisks show our meals with my MIL. You’ll see that we’ve deviated from our regular Thursday night. That’s because the Spurs are in the playoffs and she prefers to watch at home on her own larger screen TV than the little tiny one we have at home. So this week we may be swtiching the burgers and lettuce wraps depending on the outcome of tonight’s game. I’ve also switched some of the meals depending on the weather: yesterday was a lovely sunny day and the cheesy potatoes seemed ridiculous so we had the $10 salad instead.
I’ve loved having a plan. What about you? Are you embracing the freedom of a summer schedule and avoiding meal planning altogether or are you working on a crazy routine and trying to work everything in? What’s your favorite yummy easy summer meal?