I'm going to let you in on a secret.
Ready? Here it is:
Just because you make a meal plan doesn't mean you need to follow it.
Ok, so it's no big secret, but I think it's still important to remember. I'm pretty sure (because friends have told me so) that there are people out there who don't make a meal plan because they don't want to be tied to making a meal on a certain day. They prefer to be spontaneous. And I totally get that.
There are weeks where I follow our meal plan to the letter, and weeks where it looks totally different from the plan.
Guess how many meals followed last week's menu? One. Really.
That's right, just a single meal was made as planned. And that's ok!
It all started when a friend from church called on Monday to let me know she would be bringing us a roast chicken for dinner that night. Whoo-hoo! With that one kind gesture, our meals for the week changed. On Tuesday we had Venison Fajitas, Wednesday was leftovers (as planned), Thursday was another night of leftovers and pancakes for Kiddo, Friday was chilly so we had Stuffed Pepper Soup from the freezer, Saturday we had hamburgers, and Sunday we had leftover Roast Chicken for lunch and Chinese for dinner. I like having a plan in place, but this is real life and sometimes you need to be flexible.
I still love having a menu plan, though. Especially for a busy week like this one when Hubby and I both have nights we'll be out of the house for meetings and a softball game, having a plan makes things so much easier.
This Week's Menu Plan: 4/27-5/3
Monday: Meatball* Sandwiches, Salad
Wednesday: Leftover Chinese, Baby Carrots
Thursday: Grammy's Oven-Fried Chicken, Cous Cous, Salad
Friday: Cod, Easy Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans
Saturday: Savory Crescent Chicken Pockets*, Cauliflower
Sunday: Leftover Oven-Fried Chicken
*Indicates a freezer meal.