Let me tell you a little bit about Weekly Meal Plans: Every evening there was a familiar sound coming from my kitchen: my voice whining to my husband, “I don’t know what to cook for dinner!” My husband, Kevin, too tired after work to have any preferences always just said, “Whatever is easiest my dear…When is dinner going to be ready?” So I would quickly throw together a familiar dish, something that I knew we’d probably eaten at least three times in the previous two weeks. I would still be disappointed, though, when a less-than-enthusiastic “thank you” came after dinner.
To add to my woes, my husband and I have different dietary requirements. I have Systemic Lupus and I find that a vegan diet really helps me to keep the disease under control. So every night I had to think, not only of dinner, but also of what I would eat. As you can imagine, roasted or steamed veg with some kind of meat on the side for Kevin, became a standard meal in our home. We both enjoy food and variety is the spice of life and food, so this was not working for either one of us. In fact, Kevin enjoys food so much that he is doing an online culinary course just for fun. After work however, there is no time for him to become the chef. Having a demanding job, he leaves his culinary hobby to entertaining our guests on weekends.
So, where was I? Oh yes, the first step in the search for a solution to my dinner nightmare was making a weekly meal plan. That worked…for a while, that is! I soon got tired of that too. You see, it took me 2-3 hours a week to look through recipes; write down the ingredients, often having to convert to metric measurements; and find substitutes for ingredients which I could not find in South African supermarkets. This task left me frustrated. Noticing my frustration, My husband came to the rescue with one of his great ideas, as usual, he offered to prepare the meal plans for me. Being in IT, he quickly found ways to make the job easier and printed out recipes for me, along with a consolidated shopping list. Solution found!
We would love to take this opportunity to share our solution to the complaint, “I don’t know what to cook for dinner!”