I have a confession to make ~ maybe I really haven’t been on top of things. That number of 11,104 dinners since I married is quite a bit too high if you factor in vacations, days when I just cannot make another meal, days when I was out running with my teens and we pulled through somewhere since we weren’t home at dinner time. But EVERY SINGLE DAY another day gets added and even if it is half, optimistically, that’s still 5,552 meals that have needed to be on the table EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. It’s weird, but my tummy likes to be full and if it’s going to be that way, I need to HAVE A PLAN. And whether it’s from fatigue (Not ANOTHER meal that needs to be made!), other projects that are way more interesting, or planning too much going on in my life, I have consistently found that I have to have a plan if we are going to eat. It’s just that simple.
I am really not quite sure why, during this Epic Journey called life, it was designed that we have to eat so many times during the day. It seems to me that filling up once a week, like in my car, would have made a whole lot more design sense. So there must be something to stopping, sitting and eating that has a whole lot more meaning than just a fill-up. I am still processing this one but I’ll let you know if I answer that question in a profound way. Also planning to put that one on my list of “whys” to be asked at the end of this journey when I am standing in front of the big G.
So I noticed things were not working really well on this end – eating out budget being blown out on a regular basis; I had been skipping meals, which is a real no-go for my metabolism; 11 year old boy child was definitely not being fed good food consistently (Wow – Aldi’s has gluten-free pizza – my latest discovery!) so I knew it was time to HAVE A PLAN.
So this was the plan: cook one 12 lb. turkey in my freezer from the holidays (Butterball All Natural – less garbage injected into it than the typical store-bought version). This is what I did with it:
1. Ate dinner first night off said turkey.
2. Ate two lunches off said turkey.
3. Pulled the turkey off said turkey carcass and made a rice and turkey casserole for dinner tonight, which I found at this website: http://www.hellawella.com/18-comforting-casseroles-use-your-leftover-turkey
4. Ready what turkey was left after making above casserole to make turkey enchiladas from the same site as soon as we eat through the casserole or freeze what’s left when we grow tired of it.
5. Throw in the bones, skin and a little meat with some veggies to make more turkey stock as I am almost out. Rebooted the turkey stock with more water over the same old meat, bones and veggies so I got double the stock.
6. Made Turkey Fried Rice (no recipe to click to, just google Fried Rice and throw in turkey basically) and this, 9 days after cooking said turkey.
I am thinking I need a couple of go-to ideas like this that involve a large piece of meat that can be used in multiple ways. Even if I only prepared them twice a month, (one hunk on one weekend ~ eat through the week) and another hunk of meat on the third weekend (eat all week), then I could continue to creatively pull together on the other nights, as needed. I know it’s not a perfect plan, but at least I will stopgap the eating out and deal with the other two issues in front of me (my metabolism & better meals for the 11 year old man-child).
So that’s the plan, loosely, at this point. What do you do to solve the planning, eating, creating meals dilemma in your house?