Sunday, January 6, 2013

Menu plan 1-7-13: Why are my meal plans so boring?


After I posted last week's meal plan, I received a comment saying that my meal plan was boring, that I repeated the same meals over and over. And it said some other rude things, which is why I decided not to publish the comment.

But it got me thinking about the benefits of a boring meal plan:
  • You know how to make the meals even when you're exhausted.  Trying new things is great but when time is short, it's great to have some tried and true meals to make.
  • You know your picky eaters will eat the meals.
  • You don't have to have as many ingredients on hand when you repeat meals week to week.  I can use the small amount of kitchen storage space to store the items that I know I'll be using, and buy many of each item instead of lots of different things.
  • For me, the most expensive part of the meal is meat.  Because I buy kosher and try to stay under $5 per pound, that pretty much limits me to chicken, ground beef, and fish fillets.  So most of my meals are based on those proteins, as well as beans.  I don't have as much variety as someone who can purchase different types of meat on sale at the grocery store or a wholesale club.
So if you like a meal planner that varies every week for a year, this is not a good resource for you.  But if you want to make meals that are easy and cheap, then read on!

Here's this week's plan:

Monday - spaghetti and meatballs, salad

Tuesday - veggie chili

Wednesday -  salmon, sauteed snow peas

Thursday - veggie burritos

Friday - baked chicken breasts, salad, challah

Saturday - pancakes, fruit

Sunday - take out salads

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9 comments:

Pary Moppins January 7, 2013 at 9:21 AM  

There is something to be said for have a trick up your sleeve as far as meal planning goes, especially in times of unexpected guests, emergencies, or busyness. No shame in being boring - I think the tortoise is way more boring than the hare but the tortoise always wins. ;)

Erin Branscom January 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM  

I don't think they are boring. But you can always check out everyone elses menu's for inspiration. I have a friend who plans kosher and she has some awesome ideas too. I have a Menu Monday link up on my blog if you want to link up! :)

http://erinbrans.com/2013/01/menu-monday-whats-for-dinner-7.html

zenseeking January 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM  

Are you kidding? Boring? I wish I could get my picky eater to eat ANYTHING besides peanut butter and jelly, chicken nuggets, and pretzels. Maybe I should send him to your house for dinner..... :)

Rachel Joyce January 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM  

I try not to be boring, but mostly because I get bored before my husband and kids do...I think they'd prefer me to be more boring (especially when there is a new vegetable involved)! If your family loves what they eat, and you are in your budget...boring sounds pretty good to me! Happy Monday!

Teresa January 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM  

My thoughts as to whether your plans are boring or not are....if it works for your family then it's perfect. The internet is a wonderful place and is full of recipes, meal plans, and resources for both of those. If the previous commenter found your meal plan boring they should have just clicked on out. :)

Anonymous,  January 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM  

As far as I see it, you are a Proverbs 31 woman. You plan well for your family, look out for them, are an asset for your husband.

Rae January 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM  

That's terrible someone was so rude to say that your menus are boring. Who cares if they are, at least you have a plan!
I love Veggie Chili...I made it for Sunday dinner and we have lots of leftovers for lunches all week.

Erika E January 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM  

There is a huge list of food I can't cook for my family. They don't like this, won't eat that, that looks gross...It means a lot of repeats. I'd rather cook things they like and will eat than cook exciting new dishes I'll be scraping into the garbage after dinner. (And your menu plan doesn't look boring to me.)

Ruth Hill January 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM  

You know what, I don't think anyone should criticize meal plans that people are kind enough to create and publish. The fact that you published your meal plan is saying a lot--I am really bad about posting mine. I often promise and never get around to it! I have been doing e-mealz, and I can't believe how easy the meal plans are! Keep the recipes simple, and if they're "boring," who cares? The main this is that people eat it, right? By the way, I think your meal plan is fine. I wouldn't complain one bit!

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