Your Home Menu! (a meal planning epiphany)

So I came to an epiphany the other day. I would consider myself a really good meal planner. It’s probably my superhuman skill. Like if I went on one of those late night TV shows and had to do a talent it would be meal planning. But for some reason my process every week is this:. Um, what do we like to eat again? Um, Lenny, what do you like to eat again? And then I have to start from scratch every week. Then I forget about stuff that we really really love. So a couple weeks ago I was like, huh, you know what would make this a lot easier? If I wrote down the things that we really really love to eat, so they don’t have to start from scratch. Now I still want to try new things every week I still want to mix it up. I don’t want to eat the same five things. I’m not the kind of person that’s like Monday, taco night. Tuesday, pasta night. I do understand why that works for some people. It does not for me. I’m a variety type of gal. The thing that I’ve found now that has worked the absolute best for us is to write down the 20 things that we absolutely love that are fail-safe that I like, Lenny likes, and most of which the baby likes, too, so that I don’t have to think about five new meals every week. So I make 3 or 4 of the ones from my list and then I try one or two new ones every week. That way I know what to eat at the grocery store. I know what to stock in my pantry, and I have a list that I can reference whenever I need. So here’s my list. I’ll probably make it more official sometime soon but right now it’s on this really trendy Post-it note, and it has all favorites on it, so I don’t have to think about it. So it’s really been helping me. Just look at this note. I posted that I had done this on our Instagram account and half the comments were like, “You are a genius!”. And the other half were like,
“Duh I’ve been doing that for years.”. So I don’t feel that stupid about it I guess if 50% of people were with me on thinking that it was a new and clever idea. But the people that said that they have been doing it for a long time told me the methods that they do to do it and they range from: Yeah I keep a notebook in my glove compartment so when I think about it that’s something that I’ll look at on a way to the grocery store. I had a lady say she has a spreadsheet. She’s self proclaimed herself as a nerd, says she has a spreadsheet with ingredients and then based on what she has in her fridge you can click on a tab and — that’s a bit far for my liking, but there are so many good ways to keep yourself organized with this but, duh, the first thing you should do is just write down the things you eat and that you like. If that seems like a novel idea to you, you should subscribe to our channel because we come up with
random novel ideas all the time. And if you like this one give us a thumbs up. Thanks for watching. See you next. Chili. Wild Rice Soup. Falafel. Jackfruit. Mexican salad. Chorizo soup. Sweet potato tacos. California quinoa. Thai squash soup. Pesto. Zoodles. Arabiatta pasta. Spring Rolls. Beet salad. Beet bowls. I forget about Beet Bowls all the time then I get really excited when I remember and now they’re on the list! I also wrote down quick easy meals for when I didn’t plan something. Like we make quesadillas with So Delicious shredded cheese and I forget that we can make quesadillas all the time. We have this corn soup that we get a carton from Trader Joe’s. Throw a scoop of quinoa on it. No I’ve got lunch. That kind of stuff. I forget that I can do. And it’s easy. And I have the stuff on hand to do it, then it’s a quick lunch. Caesar salad. That’s it! Delicious foods! I guess Chrissy Teigen’s 3-year-old wasn’t eating, and so she made her a — but she would eat at restaurants — so she made her a laminated menu of dinner options and she’ll, like, choose and pay for it. Now she eats all of her food every night. It’s genuis. You wouldn’t think Chrissy Teigen would be a genius parent, but she is!

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