I've fallen off the wagon. Bad. Horrible. I feel both guilty and poor. For the past 4 months I've been doing monthly meal planning and for the most part it has been working well, at least until this past week. I've found that a problem quickly develops when I make all our food from scratch and suddenly I don't feel like cooking. Since cooking equals meals in our house, if I don't cook, we have nothing to eat (unless flour, oil and frozen meat appeals to you). Last week was one of those weeks I didn't feel like cooking, we had a meeting one night, I picked up Girl Scout cookies one night, planned our library night, etc. Add to this that for most of the week the weather was unseasonably hot. There were 2 days that the afternoon temperature reached 80 degrees. Do you think I felt like making ham and bean soup on either of those days? Nope, not a chance. So we ate out. A lot. Like 4 days in a row! (insert fainting smilie here!)
We haven't eaten out 4 days in a row for over a year. We typically eat out once or twice a month and never consecutively. We've spent a week's worth of groceries eating out (and remember I've blown the budget already) and when I think of the junk we've eaten I feel so ashamed. So, this week's change is to stick to the meal plan. I have to make it through this week and I have several choices left since we didn't eat hardly anything that I planned for last week.
Since this is the last week of February's plan, I'm going to plan March a bit differently. I am going to try to include a couple easy alternatives each week so if I have a lazy day I don't feel the urge to eat out. Also, I'm going to get a couple packages of lunchmeat and freeze them. That way if what I've planned doesn't match the weather, I have the ability to pull out the deli meat and we can have a sandwich and cut-up veggies and fruit.
Look for March's menu plan and grocery list toward the end of the week. This week I'm focusing on simple recipes to get me through when I don't want to cook.