Monday, 30 March 2015

I'm Not Eating That

There is no April menu plan, I'm over food.

As I've probably said before, if I didn't have to eat I would happily never do it again, but I do so I menu plan to make sure there's something to eat in the evening. It's not that I don't enjoy the taste of food, it's just that I don't see it as something to get excited about to the extent that a photograph would be necessary. 

So what are we doing in April? It's going to be simple. Dan loves food and loves eating but he's said many times that if we ate the same thing over and over it wouldn't bother him, just as long as we eat something. So that's what we're doing. 

I'm going to make sure we have lots of things in - fresh veg, some fruit, breakfast stuff, milks, soy yoghurt, all the usual pantry stuff and I'm going to work to this very loose plan - 

some kind of curry twice a week (I include the spiced stuffed mushrooms, Thai curry, dhal and all that stuff in with "curry")
a roast
something beany
pizza or "lazy" weekend stuff (bean burger, roast tofu sandwich beans on toast, jacket potato with houmous, salad etc)
use it up (jambalaya, bubble and squeak, stirfry etc)
leftovers 

It seems all I do recently is think about food and the more I do, the less interested I am. Hopefully this will help. 

14 comments:

  1. I can't follow a meal plan, it does not work for us, but I do try and have two meat free days a week.

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    1. No, a menu plan isn't for everyone. The structure really works for me, for the reason outlined above - I just wouldn't cook anything some days! But knowing what I'm going to make means I shop sensibly and don't have to think about it, I just look at the plan and cook whatever's written down.

      Dan loves food though, not in a foodie sense, just in a hungry sense, so with him being at home all week last week what we were going to eat next was constantly a topic of conversation, it drives me bonkers and completely drains my appetite.

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  2. I love cooking but I don't really meal plan. If it's in, I cook it and we eat it. Job done.

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    1. It would almost certainly be "job not done" if I took that approach! Although that would probably be easier if we ate meat. I think I could do a decide on the spot thing were I to shop every day and just buy what I needed for that meal. There is nothing worse for me than to stand looking at the stuff in the pantry and having all that choice.

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  3. I think your 'loose plan' is brilliant. Just buy seasonal fruit and veg and keep stocking up the beans and pulses and the dreaded deed is done. No more fretting now - it's all sorted.
    xx

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  4. I would find it impossible to do a meal plan after years of having to be organised with my job, the last thing I wanted to do was being organised at home! I think what you are proposing is great. It's the sort of thing I would do, although husband eats meat and I don't. I have to watch his food as he has heart problems and although I feed him sausages, it's always the ones with high meat content and low fat content. I have just given him a lecture on how cheese must be eaten in moderation and it must be sensible, if he wants to cope with this heart failure that he apparently has.

    Can you please tell me how you make your curry? Do you make it from scratch or make it up?

    I think the same as you do about food, I'm not bothered, I like it if its nice, hate it if its not and have phases throughout the week where I make whole juices with veggies and fruit, to compensate for times I don't eat enough veggies with meals.

    I'm going to enjoy watching what you do, as the minute I see 'meal plans' I yawn!

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    1. Ha! I yawn too, but it's the easiest way for me :)

      I've posted today about what my curry kit, it's a mixture of convenience and from scratch. I don't buy jars of ready-to-go sauces but I do use pastes quite a lot. I have no idea if they're authentic, but they do the trick for me.

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  5. Ooh, I love food (and photographing it!) - what you have planned sounds GOOD! x

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    1. Thanks Kezzie.

      I won't tell you that I ruined our evening meal last night...

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  6. I work better with a meal plan, even if it's a loose one that has things moved around on it. I plan for the month, mainly so that I know that I have most of what I need and what else I need to buy. That helps me to keep the shopping budget down. Our daughter is home from uni at the moment and meal planning prevents the ' what's for tea' questions that I used to get bombarded with. She even rang at the beginning of last week to ask what was for tea on Friday! I do not miss those conversations when she's at uni.
    Some days I'd just like to eat porridge!

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    1. Me too, sometimes warm, filling and reasonably healthy is enough for me.

      As well as making sure we have something on the table at night, the plan helps me to keep costs down too. I will always mix and match ingredients so things get used up, and if we're having something more expensive one night I know to plan at least one really budget friendly meal to balance the cost.

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  7. I end up doing a quick meal plan in Sainsbury's cafe after work. Sometimes they are quite loose like yours, sometimes a bit more thought out. I do like cooking but I find I am often too tired after a long days work to make anything too complicated. I go through phases though - this is not one of my best phases at the moment!

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    1. I can imagine there are times you just need to keep it simple.

      I have the opposite problem, I have all the time in the world to make something but I'm more likely to feel the urge to make something "nice" when I've been busy. It's the unstructured days I would have to drag myself into the kitchen to cook.

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