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Would love to meal plan but God my life's boring enough without knowing what I'm making for tea next Tuesday............

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ssd Tue 14-Nov-06 20:27:41

thats it really.

will have to remain skint.

bontinini Mon 20-Nov-06 16:25:37

You would want to have two vegetarians, one who hates any vegetables, one who will eat everything, and one who is eating low fat. Try to find 7 meals a week to keep all happy? Impossible, so its like a cafe, some crossover meals are possible, but 7 days a week!!, can be very stressful, no ease of just doing a one pot good stew or casserole, pain in the neck...the big treat is a takeaway at weekends...or going away and getting fed!! Bliss, inbetween makes standing in front of the fidge sometimes a nightmare!! And then to have the last generation droning on a bout how 'we ate what we were given, and you just went without if you didn't!!' Yeh great, that was then, and this is now...can we deal with reality please??

Mumpbump Thu 16-Nov-06 15:43:56

I did one recently and we're two weeks into trying it. Have changed the order of a couple of meals and we have missed a couple so I'll move them into next week, but it's the first time ever that I know we have food in the fridge to make a proper meal!! It is easier, even though I hated the idea of knowing in advance what we were going to be eating. Also, it means I can cook some of it at the weekend to cut down on cooking during the week!

lazycow Thu 16-Nov-06 15:34:03

I wasn't being rude about anyone's cooking Cappucino - sorry if it came across like that.

What I mean was some people like the really creative side of cooking. i.e they want to see what they feel like cooking that day and what is available by way of fresh ingredients etc and they don't find that daunting. That is 'usually' because they are very good cooks and they approach cooking in a creative way and like thinking about food generally.

That doesn't mean that if you meal plan you are not a good cook as there are other reasons to meal plan (eg budget and time etc). However I would image that a really creative good cook would find too much meal planning a bit restrictive.

I on the other hand do not wish to think about food more than absolutely necessary so I do all the thinking and planning in one go and then that leave me free to think about other things.

My food tastes pretty good and I can follow a recipe (most people can) but I do not place myself in the category of excellent cook, maybe because my mother was one (she is losing some of this now as she is over 80) and my cooking is nowhere near as good as hers. She loved doing it and it showed.

nailpolish Thu 16-Nov-06 14:04:42

lol tinkers

you could be living dangerously and have it on friday instead...................................

TinkersBollocks Thu 16-Nov-06 14:03:24

Did it for a few months but found I just didn't feel like sodding pasta on Thursady night

doggiesayswoof Thu 16-Nov-06 14:01:51

I aspire to meal planning. My sister has a pad which sits on her coffee table and has the week's meals written on it. She makes the list on Sunday and goes shopping on Monday. It makes me very

If I tried it, the pad would be buried under a pile of unopened post in about 10 seconds flat and we would be having pasta again

nailpolish Thu 16-Nov-06 13:57:58

i like meal planning because i get bored thinking up things everyday and iused to get to 5pm and think "oh ill make spag bol" and the mince was still in the freezer

Aderyn Thu 16-Nov-06 13:56:26

I meal plan. Sometimes. The evenings always run a lot more smoothly when we know what's for dinner that evening rather than having a mad panic at 4:45pm.

There are always meals which are interchangeable if something comes up on a given day and we can't have what is planned. Flexibility is the key. Still, I don't manage to do it every fortnight as compiling it is a chore.

Cappuccino Thu 16-Nov-06 13:49:39

I can cook

nailpolish Thu 16-Nov-06 10:47:37

i meal plan

i am not boring

what IS boring though is being skint, not having any money to do anything, arguing with dh about lack of money


therefore i meal plan

simple as that

lazycow Thu 16-Nov-06 10:34:53

I actually think that the better cook you are the less you have to do this. I do it mostly because my life would be a logistical nightmare if I didn't and also I'm a a fair to middling cook at best.

In addition to this I loathe cooking so much that having to ask myself what I am going to cook on a daily basis actually makes me pretty unhappy.

I do think that being a fair cook is not a bad achievment though given how much I hate actually doing it

Cappuccino Thu 16-Nov-06 10:15:14

it's a scary new world Franny

I have to admit it's moving too fast for me

FrannyandZooey Thu 16-Nov-06 08:25:16

MN always educates me

I never knew that malt loaf was edgy, before, and now - refusal to meal plan

you are all too fast for me

HowTheFillyjonkStoleChristmas Thu 16-Nov-06 08:21:53


too cool to meal plan, thats me

iota Wed 15-Nov-06 17:54:26

I live life on the edge and never meal plan

HowTheFillyjonkStoleChristmas Wed 15-Nov-06 17:48:55

yes, agree, meal plam refusal is my one act of rebellion against the grown up world.

Anyway it is unneccesay as I always know what we are having.

Summer: lunch salad and jacket potato, supper, jacket potato and stirfry

Winter: lunch as above, dinner roast veg and jacket potato

so my life is easy enough really

I do sometimes play fast and loose with the stirfry/roast veg.

Cappuccino Wed 15-Nov-06 11:26:03

it's quite nice thinking 'what shall we have for tea tonight' and check on the list and think 'ooh that sounds nice' and all the ingredients are already in the fridge

rather than standing in front of the cooker holding a hunk of cheese and weeping

ssd Wed 15-Nov-06 10:12:37

plus if my kids don't get chips and chicken nuggets they moan the head off me.

this week I've made stifado (they moaned and ate it under duress)

spag bol (see stifado)

cheesy pasta ready meal done in the microwave from Asda (they couldn't get enough)

tonight pork, mash, roast veg and apple sauce (they'll be heading for the hills with this...)

I'd meal plan if I thought the buggers would eat it...........

ssd Wed 15-Nov-06 10:08:46

big part of me knows it would be sensible but I struggle with being sensible. hardly ever go out, get a hangover with a glass of wine, same dh for years, etc etc.

maybe not meal planning is my one treu act of rebellion

( now thats sad)

Bozza Wed 15-Nov-06 09:46:30

You see I think the expressin "menu plan" is a bit off putting. I just come up with three meals for the week, make double quantities of them all and make sure we have enough veg/pasta/rice for whatever I have got in the freezer.

So I have chosen for next week mushroom and parmesan risotto, roast chicken dinner and sausage casserole. I will make them on one of the four days Fri-Mon, probably the chicken on Sunday but not necessarily if we get invited somewhere.

Then the rest of the week we will have something from the freezer which doesn't need to be planned. ATM in the freezer I have veg soup, lasagne, spag bol, meatloaf, quiche, acapulco chicken.... so we can have what we fancy from that.

Cappuccino Wed 15-Nov-06 09:42:39

what's wrong with writing dates down in a diary?

is life more spontaneous and fun when you forget to go to meetings?

morningpaper Wed 15-Nov-06 09:34:10

keeping a diary


I could just have a calendar marked Days Left Until I Die

noddyholder Wed 15-Nov-06 09:33:15

I do mine wearing pvc knickers and a riding crop It works really well

Cappuccino Wed 15-Nov-06 09:32:49

I don't have a pinny

or a cigar-smoking dh

I don't actually see the connection

it's just like keeping a diary or a to do list at work

morningpaper Wed 15-Nov-06 09:31:48

oh yes ssd

I know it is sensible

but what next? pinnies? blouses? DH leaning on the fireplace with a cigar while I bring him his slippers?

It's a slippery slope

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