Otherwise known as, “the week where meal planning went off the rails a little…..”
Grown-up Lunches: never got around to making the chicken chili and paid the consequences all week; remembered how irritable and unpleasant I get when lunch consists of handfuls of peanuts, Chex Mix, and/or Pop-Tarts from the school store. NEVER AGAIN.
Monday: made marinara sauce, but the canned tomatoes I used were……funky, and had to throw the sauce away once I tasted it. Ate plain angelhair pasta with grated cheese instead. Had a craving for rolls, made this odd biscuit/muffin hybrid recipe I found somewhere on the internet, was vaguely disappointed.
Tuesday: made greek-yogurt chicken and parmesan potato halves, as planned. Chicken was disappointing, and I used too much butter on the potatoes (yes, there is such a thing) so we didn’t get the really crusted portion I had hoped for. Kitchen light was having a tantrum, so we ate dinner in front of the TV. Because sometimes that’s what good parents do.
Wednesday: we decided to have pizza delivered, because it was Parent Conference day for me, which is always exhausting. This was a good decision.
Thursday: literally begged my husband to pick up fast food. Not a good decision.
Friday: Bought lunch for myself in the school cafeteria, large grilled chicken Caesar salad that left me enough for lunch on Monday: good decision. Rounded off my week of food crimes by making a “gratin” that involved a can of cheddar cheese soup. And I liked it. The horror.
Clearly, this week was a week of flubs and fall-backs, but I’m not letting it discourage me. I know enough about habit loops to know that I’m still in the early stages of making meal planning a habit, and that giving up now would be a lose-lose proposition. My “reward” to myself is laughing at my week, and trying to learn from it. Also, eating way more candy conversation hearts than anyone should.
Lessons learned: Making lunch ahead for myself is really important and has a tangible impact on my quality of life and peace of mind. Grocery shopping has to happen before the week begins. If I know something major, like parent conference day at my school, is happening, I need to take that into account when planning.