Relying on our pantry supplies for the time being, I am trying to plan out my meals using what we have on hand – it’s either that, or we make the daily trek into down for our meats and veggies!
While I do enjoy getting out of the camper and going into town, this is not a cost-effective strategy! First, we simply have no way of keeping our foods cold for the time being, and second, our fuel budget would take a serious hit!
In planning meals, I have to think about both our tastes. Mom prefers to have her foods separated… for example, she likes sitting down to a plate of roast beef, potatoes and a veggie… while I don’t mind having soup or stew on a regular basis!
What we could do, is buy a roast, makes some ‘taters and a veggie – this way mom gets her separates on the plate for one meal – and then we can put the leftovers in the slow-cooker to make a pot roast or a stew for the next meal!
So far, so good!
But here’s where things get a bit tricky!
I’ve always been told that planning meals ahead of time helps you find quick options – especially if you want it to be compatible with your eating plan!
In theory, I think it’s a good idea! However, planning meals ahead has always been a challenge for me!
I mean seriously, how can I plan my meals ahead of time, when I don’t know what I will be hungry for?!?
To my thinking, if I go ahead and plan a weeks’ worth of meals… say Wednesday, I plan to eat Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon… but Wednesday comes, and now I’m not hungry for Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon!
Then what?!? Do I go ahead and eat what was previously planned, simply because I need to eat?
Shouldn’t I be at least interested in what I am going to eat – that way I can enjoy my meal?
Isn’t that part of what makes you successful in a healthy eating plan? If I enjoy what I am eating, I am more likely to continue following my healthy eating plan, right?!?
Okay, so I could adapt, and use something else that was planned for the week – say Saturday, I plan to have Roasted Bell Peppers – I could have that, in place of Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon…
but then… the time comes in the week when I planned to eat the Roasted Bell Peppers! However, I’ve already eaten the Roasted Bell Peppers back on Wednesday! Now, I am stuck eating the Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon that I didn’t want back on Wednesday! Why did I ever plan to eat Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon!
See my dilemma?!?
Until next time,
Peace, love and safe travels!