Friday, October 11, 2013

Menu Planning

One area of our lives that I need to organize is our meals. I have a confession. Cooking is not really my thing. 

I like making desserts. But as far as cooking actual meals, I would rather be doing something else. 

When it comes to meal time, we eat out WAY too much. We live close to a Mexican food place that I love. I think I could eat their food every single day if my husband would let me. It is that good. When I have a soft taco or sour cream chicken enchilada craving, I just pick up their food to take home for lunch or dinner. One of the ladies there started recognizing me and pretty much knows my order. Not a good thing!

It's just so easy to eat out for me. I was raised in a family that ate out all the time. My mom never really liked to cook. So eating out just feels normal to me. 

So in my family now, there are days where I will just pick up food and bring it home. My family gets fed and I get to spend time doing things I like instead of cooking. 

But, it's time for a change. We just simply can't eat out this much anymore.

My two biggest reasons are: my family's health and our money.

At a very recent doctor visit, my husband found out his cholesterol was too high. Which made me feel horrible. When I heard the doctor say that, I took it pretty personal. I know I'm not completely responsible for it. But since I am the person that is in charge of the majority of our meals, I felt pretty bad. 

I want my family to be healthy. We do pretty well in eating healthy snacks around the house {my kids love fruits & veggies which I am thankful for}. But, I know all the take out Mexican food cannot be good for us. 

Plus the money we spend eating out is just ridiculous. It's kind of funny. I think of myself as a pretty thrifty person. I love finding good bargains. I don't splurge too much on unnecessary things. I wait to purchase big items before I do all the research I can to find the lowest price.

But eating out. It is my weakness. My kryptonite. The biggest way I waste money.

So to make this house our castle, I am going to start getting better at menu planning and cut WAY back on eating out. 

I made this little menu planning and shopping list template to help me with this.

I put it on Google docs if anyone would like to print it for free. Just click here.

It's super simple but cute at the same time. I'm hoping it will help me get organized in this area of our lives. 

Do any of ya'll have the same eating out problems I do? Or do you like to cook?


  1. Wow! It's like I'm listening to myself talk! I don't cook...Ever. Like, seriously, never. I hate it about myself. I know it's not healthy for my kiddos and I know we are going broke because of it, but I can not bring myself to cook. Every night it's a different restaurant or drive through. I'm really interested to see how you do it!

    1. Sounds just like me! Cooking has to be one of my least favorite things to do. I'll be posting how it goes tho!

  2. We cook 90+% of our meals at home. For one thing, we cook some pretty tasting meals, if I do say so myself, lol! Second, because I've, unfortunately, seene first hand some of the "mishaps" that go on out back in a restaurant, (i.e. food flying off the grill, and placed right back on, yessirree!) And, third, because I'm too thrifty to want to spend the money eating out. My husband is the one 99% of the time, dragging me kicking and screaming, to restaurants. One of the gifts we have started asking for, for Christmas, is gift certificates to restaurants of our choice. So, we still eat out sometimes, on someone else's "dime".

    1. Yikes! I hate thinking about what happens in the kitchen of restaurants, because I am a germ-a-phobe! Good for you guys for cooking at home so much!! :)