A few weeks ago my family and I decided to do a meal plan. I don’t know about you but the “what’s for dinner” question has stirred many arguments in my marriage more than money or s.e.x. Actually we don’t ever fight about those common topics but dinner has caused some heated discussions over the years. We decided it was time to do something about this.
We looked at a couple of different meal plans to use and we finally settled on The Fresh 20. We choose this plan because it takes 20 ingredients and provides 5 meals for the week. The best part is all the ingredients are fresh so we are shopping only the outer isles of the grocery store, which means less processed foods in the house! It was just a win/win for us. Another thing I like is that you will cook one meal and you save certain portions of the meal you prepared to use in another recipe later in the week. Such a great thing.
We have found ourselves falling off the plan and of course getting back in to arguments. My hubby has been doing all the cooking for several years now so I think it is hard for him to let go of control. We did this same thing when we did the Dave Ramsey debt snowball. I was diligent in following ever step Dave laid out but my hubby would go off the plan and I would have to reel him back in. Again, he does all the managing of our money so giving up some control is hard.
We’ve made a total of 6 meals so far and out of all those meals only one has been a flop. Each time I make a meal, we note what we like and what needs to be tweaked and then I write it down on the recipe for the next time we make it. I will also say, I am a very picky eater. For me it is all about texture and of course taste. For example, in the past my husband has tried to get me to eat brown rice. I hated it mainly for the texture. With the Fresh20 meal plan, they use a lot of brown rice, which didn’t thrill me but I kept an open mind. Because of the way they have you prepare it and what we are serving it with, I actually like it! I have eaten things I never thought I would eat and I actually have an open palate now.
One of the other benefits of doing a meal plan is it saves you time and money. It saves you time because you are only going to the grocery store once a week. My hubby did all the grocery shopping in our family and he would go to the store 2 to 3 times a week. He would come home with food but never planned meals so we had all these meats but no direction on how we were going to cook them. Thus the cycle of arguments began because I couldn’t understand why he just went to the grocery store but we have nothing to eat for dinner. We also save money because now we are buying ingredients for meals rather than just buying food because it is on sale or to stock the freezer.
Overall, this has been a great move for our family especially our marriage and believe me I’m not exaggerating there! If you follow me on Instagram, you can see photos of meals I prepared. I’d also love to hear from you if you do meal planning in your home and if so, how is it working for you? Be sure to leave a comment below.