For the past week or so (basically since I started panicking about how much our new mortgage was going to be), I’ve decided that Lee and I need to be much more organised when it comes to meal times.
I envy those people who are super organised and know exactly what they are going to make for dinner each night. Because it’s just to the two of us, we’re very quick to just drop everything and go out for dinner or order a takeaway if we don’t have anything in. I could list off a million and one excuses, but the fact is that we’re both just disorganised a bit lazy when it comes to cooking. There I said it. I am a woman and I hate cooking.
Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook
I’ve always said I should be the face of the classic game show Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook – I think it’s because I’m not very inspired when it comes to the kitchen. I’m not a massive advocate of change in any element of my life so if I cook we tend to have the same meals over and over and over again.
Everything I’ve read suggests that the household should aim for 10-15 staple meals. I’m lucky if I can pick 6 or 7?!
The thing is, Lee and I are getting bored of what we eat (which doesn’t help at all with the whole takeaway/eating out situation). It’s the same thing day in and day out, but at the same time I don’t want to spend 15 hours in the kitchen every night preparing a meal.
Bigger house + bigger mortgage = no money
The maths is simple to me. We’re moving from a 3 bed mews to a 4 bed detached. Our mortgage for is going to be substantially more than what we’re paying now, so we have both agreed to look at ways in which we can reduce household bills. I’ll talk more about this another time, but one thing is crystal clear to me – we simply can’t afford to be eating out all the time or getting takeaways and we need to be much more organised when it comes to planning meals.
Meal planning challenge
With all that said, I’m challenging myself to take on meal planning and make it a success. (That’s more a smile of terror than “yeah, bring it on!”)
I’ve read a lot of other blogs on the basics of meal planning and I’m going to use a combination of ideas that I’ve found to try and make it work for Lee and I.
So this afternoon Lee and I are going to sit down and plan meals for the week. Watch this space. I’m going to use the blog as a way to record what we’re doing and hopefully it will keep me on track as well! So what would be really helpful is if anybody actually does read this thing…if you could, you know…yell at me if I don’t post my meal plans each week?
More to follow later when Lee and I know what we’re doing.