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Need plans... Better plans

January 13th, 2015 at 03:08 pm

Ok, if I want to win this game, I better have plan. I had one for years, but I think it is too perfect and unrealistic for everyday life. Like for example not eating out, it is hard when something come up and it is no way to cook meal, but going out it is always around $25-$30 minimum for 4 of us. Of course, it is just one example, but almost every other week something comes up, which ruin grand plan

So I will start slow - with most unpleasant task for me cooking. Don't get me wrong, I love to bake and make new interesting dishes. But when it becomes daily task: morning, noon, evening - 365 days a year, it gets old fast.

I did research before and have whole pinterest wall, what to cook, how to cook ahead or cook once a month, it just never worked out right. My husband and my son loooove meat/chicken and need daily, especially my husband he works outside and has have physical job. My son always hungry, but he is 2 and he is growing, so that explains. My daughter and me on other hand not meat lovers, while I will eat time to time or have smaller portions, my daughter will have one bite if at all. Plus on top both kids are allergic. And of course, each of us have preferred dishes, which of course all different. So when I normally sit down, instead a plan I have a headache.

So for the rest of month(18 days, about 2.5 weeks) I have $192.12, which means we spend more than half of our grocery money. Now my plan to cook ahead at least 3 dinners and lunches. Plus I read online about stocking up on essential food items every week using only $5-$10, so in case of emergency(for us simply running out of money) you have everything you need for 2-3 month.

I planning to make separate post with all our meal plans and items for emergency(with updates), so it easy to track and I can see it all it one place.

5 Responses to “Need plans... Better plans”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    I have kids with allergies, too, which is why cooking from scratch is so important. My biggest thing was to not cook to everyone's tastes. Don't let yourself become a short order cook. Everyone eats the same meal. Just make sure there is one thing in each meal that one kid likes. Like one kid likes potatoes and green beans, the other likes meat, they will each have an option, but you will only be making one meal. As long as they eat something, they will be fine. And once they realize that you aren't going to make them something else just because it isn't their favorite, they will get over it and start to try the other foods on the table.

    Personally, I am a big fan of the crockpot. Food can be prepped the night before and then put in the crockpot in the morning and left to cook all day. You come home to a prepared meal. I have 2 crockpots and sometimes I will make baked potatoes in one, meat in the other, and then add a vegetable I can make in the microwave or a salad. Very easy to do and it saves so much time and energy doing it that way instead of when you are already worn out and needing to cook.

  2. snafu Says:

    I think Robin nails it. A crockpot/slow cooker is nearly always available at a reasonable cost from any Thrift Store like Goodwill and it works best for the cheaper cuts of meat, especially if you add a teaspoon of vinegar to the liquid of choice. You can find hundreds of recipes/ideas on-line or www.cooks.com for example. To help the budget, anything leftover can be used as soup to start hearty meals for DH. In hopes of being helpful...

    If you dislike cooking you need a plan to make the task easier. A meal plan helps the budget as you only buy what you need and you don't waste food. It's flexible as you make adjustments to which day has a quick to make and which day has more time. You buy seasonal foods and seek the sale items at the grocery store that your family will eat. There are certain foods that are best nutritionally for a 2 - 8 y/o that everyone can enjoy. The super foods are eggs, oatmeal, whole grains, blueberries, orange,melon, kiwi, seasonal fruit uses tomato, basil. any Mexican and Chinese theme dishes use black beans. Tofu adds nutrition to soup, stew, salad, stir fry as your secret ingredient. Cabbage is coleslaw, stir fry, cabbage rolls, casserole. Yogurt + blueberries or a squirt of honey & ice makes a smoothy...just some ideas. Make your favourite salad and add the hot cooked meat to DH's plate.

  3. TD Says:

    I'll add my voice to the crock pot chorus. I use it religiously - it makes the cooking process so much quicker and easier, usually only needing a few ingredients and not much legwork. It's also great both in the colder months and summer time, because it doesn't heat up your home while cooking like an oven would. It's my best friend for sure Smile

  4. Regichka Says:

    I have crockpot, but never mastered cooking it. What will be best dish for me to try first?

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Try looking here for recipes that interest you: http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/p/recipe-index.html

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