Have you ever had that 5:29 pm conversation with your significant other where someone asks, “What’s for dinner?” Then the response, “I don’t know. What do you feel like?” This is followed by hemming and hawing and harrumphing. For us, it’s also followed by someone picking up take-out. We can’t even easily decide on what to get for take-out! I blame decision fatigue, and if you haven’t heard of this concept, you need to check it out.
My day involves hundreds (probably more) of decisions. These are typically small at home and big decisions at work, but my days at home have so much more variability and options that the small decisions wear me out (Decision fatigue, my friends!!). “Cereal or pancakes for breakfast?” “Apple or blueberries for snack?” “Go for a run or take the dog for a walk?” “Take the baby to the library or the pool” And what to wear and which chores to tackle, etc, etc. By the time I get around to dealing with dinner, my brain has shut down. My poor husband – this is the point in the day that we get to spend time together. I have so much respect for the full-time Work-At-Home-Mothers who are able to do this job gracefully.
At any rate, I’m in search of a sustainable dinner solution. Right now, I try to make a weekly menu, and then I try to buy all the ingredients (I consistently forget something. Usually it’s something minor. Every now and then it’s the main ingredient). If I’m really lucky, dinner can be made in a crockpot, started before work, and is ready when we get home. What’s a busy mom to do? I’ve drooled over Once a Month Mom.
via Once a Month Mom
Their collection of recipes looks yummy and the concept is tempting. I’m just not convinced I can secure an entire day to prep or that I have the freezer space necessary. I’ve also been clued into Fresh 20. Bless these people and their organized, healthy meal plans. What I need is an organized approach to my own recipes. We are a family of fairly picky eaters. (I’m talking about the two adults, not the toddler.)
A possible solution is to compose my own list of family recipes, put it in excel and do a “Once a Month Mom” approach to our own menu. Except maybe “Once a Week” and cut back on the prep time and freezer space needed. Oh, bother. I can’t decide what to do. It is the end of the day, after all.
I would love to hear your comments and suggestions! Laura, what do you do for dinner that keeps your sanity?