My hope is that with my new job I will get home at a better hour than I do with my current one. The earlier I can get home, the better I am able to get dinner prepared, sit down and enjoy, and start getting the kiddo to bed. Ever since I brought the little guy home, I've been completely scattered brain with grocery list making, coupon clipping, and dinner planning. We've been doing the whole grocery shopping and "what's for dinner tonight?" by the seat of our pants. I don't like doing it that way because we wind up eating really shitty dinners and paying way too much for groceries.
So I've been trying to develop a plan for dinner menu planning to incorporate make-ahead-freezer meals as well as really quick and easy make-it-that-night recipes. I also want to get the most bang for our buck when it comes to grocery shopping. I am not sure where to get started, and I feel like a deer in headlights right now.
Here is what I know I want to do when it comes to getting dinners on the table for us:
- Buy the meats based on what is on sale at the grocery...that's the best time to stock up on a particular meat and freeze.
- Stock up on other items based on the sales and coupons each week.
- Have a deep stash of ready-to-cook meals in the freezer (we're getting a box freezer from my parents for Christmas).
- Have a plan each night of the week for what we are going to eat. Since the hubby gets home before I do, he can get things started and I can finish them off.
- Create a database or some sort of system for planning and logging recipes.
- Cut my grocery shopping down to one time per week and get everything that is needed at that time.
- Shop based on a list and stick to the list.
I want dinners to be pleasurable, good for us, and easy to make. We don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen these days.
I am wondering if anyone out there has any ideas on how they get dinner on the table after working all day and coming home to a family. Any ideas or suggestions are truly welcomed.