I’m really struggling with something. I don’t understand menu planning. Sure, if there is a special event, Thanksgiving, Christmas or a birthday dinner, I will go out of my way to plan something. Aside from that…I just don’t get it.
Everywhere you look on blogs about saving money or running a smooth household I see posts on menu planning. It’s just not ever been something I felt the need to do. Perhaps it’s because my husband and I buy a lot of staple items for our pantry anyway. We have certain vegetables and fruits we like and we buy those. We have certain meals we eat on a regular basis and our stockpile supports those as well. I read a factoid somewhere that said most household eat the same 10-15 meals per month.
To me, sitting down and planning out everything you’re going to eat takes a lot of the spontaneity out of food. Maybe I have flashbacks from Weight Watchers and counting and pre-planning every single things that went into my mouth for weeks on end. What if I wake up on Tuesday and I don’t want to eat a veggie platter? What if I want pasta? What if I am dying for shrimp?
I can freely admit I do get sick of the constant barrage of “what’s for dinner” from my husband. Even though he does the majority of the cooking (especially while he is out of work), I constantly have to weigh in on what we’re going to have. I can see a planned menu keeping that question out of my life.
Lately, because I have been working so hard on our budgets and couponing, I have a much better idea of what is in the pantry that I have had in the recent past. We still shop sales and we still stockpile. I guess I just kind of have an inventory in my head of what we can cook based new purchases along with what we can cook with necessities. For instance, I know I have the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies in my kitchen right now. I also know that I have no incentive to make them…yet. 🙂
Maybe I don’t feel the need to make a menu plan because our household only has two people in it. If we over cook, the food becomes our lunch the next day or we freeze it for an easy meal another night. I just don’t see the need for US to have a menu plan.
Do you make a menu plan? Why or why not? Am I missing some major reason why we should have one in our household?