Menu Plan Monday 05/09/16

Last week I talked about the budget benefits of menu planning. This week we’re going to look at the time benefits!

Once per week:

Menu planning: 30 minutes (at most, mainly involving the freezer-diving)

List-writing: 10 minutes

Shopping: 1.5 hours (unless you order your shopping online like I do, in which case 20 minutes)

Total: 1 hour to 2 hours 10 minutes

Daily panicking: (note that this begins at about 5pm)

Staring blankly into the fridge and freezer: 10 minutes

Sitting on the sofa looking pathetic: 20 minutes

Sighing and stomping around in the kitchen: 10 minutes

Waiting for inspiration: 10 minutes

Now, option 1 is:

Find something in the fridge/freezer, cook it and put it on the table: 40 minutes

Option 2 is:

Look so pathetic that your husband drives out to get fast food: 40 minutes

This gives a total of 1 and a half hours per day, or 10 amd a half hours per week.

I know how I’d rather spend the 8-9 extra hours I get by menu planning rather than daily panicking!

Menu Plan vs Daily Panic

Monday: Pizza (see bottom of post for recipe) 

Tuesday: Gammon steaks with potato/sweet potato chips and “seasonal vegetables”

Wednesday: Italian chicken (basically the same as bolognese but with chicken instead of minced beef) with rice/quinoa

Thursday: Pork loin steaks with potato/sweet potato chips, broccoli and carrots

Friday: Bolognese with pasta/buckwheat pasta

Saturday: Eating with my parents

Sunday: Balsamic roast gammon in the slow cooker with potato/sweet potato chips, broccoli and carrots (we still didn’t manage this so I’m going to try again-again. I’ve added balsamic to the plan to try to encourage myself. Want to place bets on how likely it is that I’ll actually do it?)

I am linking up to Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.

Menu Plan Monday


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