Sometimes I feel like all I do is plan to be on the road. What clothes are clean? What toiletries do I need to replace? What’s the weather going to be like at the destination? These are all things that readily run through my crazy road warrior head but the planning is not just limited to what I have to deal with, I also pay attention to what is going to happen back on the home front.
I am the one in the family who does the grocery shopping and meal planning. It has become a bit of a Sunday tradition/therapy for me. Sit in the morning with the coupons, see how much I can save while shopping and then spend the afternoon cooking one good meal to start the week as well as staples that can be thrown in the microwave throughout the week.
Where I have fallen short is not having a plan that is flexible and varied
Not to say the least about communicating that plan to my beautiful wife so that she might be able to execute on said plan. I leave to eat restaurant meals throughout the week and leave the family at home with all kinds of ‘options’ but nothing solidified. So in the bustle of wrestling practices, weightlifting, orchestra rehearsal, kickboxing and karate, the family is stuck grabbing whatever is ready in the fridge/pantry or making a Shakeology before racing out the door. It is not the ideal and quite frankly, it is my failure.
You see, meal planning is not an issue for me. I have no problem coming up with a plan for the week. I also have no problem communicating it, where I lack is including creativity/variety in the plan. I would eat the same thing all week without issue. I enjoy structure and familiarity. My family would appreciate eating something besides grilled chicken, brown rice and broccoli though. I needed a solution that met all of our needs.
So I themed each day of the week
This gives me the structure I work best within but challenges me to vary the menu from week to week. So here you go, here is my weekly ‘meal plan’:
Meatless Monday – Pretty simple to explain and especially appreciated in a house where one of us mostly eats vegetarian.
Taco Tuesday – Food delivered via foldable, edible container. Could be Fish Tacos, could be Asian Lettuce Wraps.
Wet Wednesday – Soup!!
Throw it out Thursday – This day is all about the leftovers. We are terrible about eating them unless we set a day aside to make sure we do.
Fishy Friday – Something from the sea (to be transparent, we eat fish at least 2-3 times a week already)
Sizzling Saturday – My day to fire up the grill
Sumptuous Sunday – I usually have more time to really try something different and time consuming. This is normally the day I try and emulate something I have had on the road as well as cook for the rest of the week.
Each day is supremely flexible in the fact that we can use what is on sale, try new recipes, make it ahead and take it with us (coming soon on this ‘Picnic Parents’), make extra for lunch the following days, accommodate both vegetarian and meat lovers……you get the point.
Most importantly, it sets everyone up for success!!
The only step I have added to the normal routine is to be sure that the meal plan (including recipes) is printed out for the week. Cut and paste from the websites/Pinterest boards that are relevant for the week…..I may even try putting together a shared board for my wife and I for the week……huh, just thought of that one. Thanks!!
So remember, while you are about to race out for the week, your family is hunkering down awaiting your return. Do everything you can to make their week as successful as yours!
See you on the road!!