Why I Menu Plan (or, Menu Plan Monday fail)

Why I Menu Plan (or, Menu Plan Monday fail)
Meal Plan Reality

So it’s Thursday. The day when I usually create my menu plan for the following week. It’s the day last week that I *didn’t* do any planning for this week, and so this week has been pretty much all leftovers and a “you find it, you eat it” sort of situation. If I don’t plan ahead, I find it really hard to be creative at dinner time. When I get home after work, all I really want to do is sit on the couch and do something mindless. Cooking doesn’t even rank in the top 5 things I’m wanting to do. No planning + lots of leftovers, and dinners look awful boring this week.

I’m at a conference next week followed immediately by a short family vacation and won’t be home for a couple of weeks, so this week has been a lot about scrambling to get ready to leave. Did I mention we’re down a person in my department, so there’s extra work to finish before I go as well? Laundry, packing lists, to do lists, a late night at work or two…that has been my life this last week.

My husband smoked a tri-tip on Sunday, and we had that for dinner with mashed potatoes and green beans. As you’ll see, there was quite a bit of it for two of us, so it was the meal that kept on giving.

Keeping it real, here’s what this week has looked like so far:

Monday: Leftover tri-tip, leftover mashed potatoes
Tuesday: Leftover tri-tip in tacos
Wednesday: my husband scrounged for canned soup, and I stopped by In’n’Out on my way home after leaving the office at 9pm
Thursday: that’s today. The plan? Toss more leftover tri-tip into a leftover pie with veggies and mashed potatoes. (Think shepherd’s pie. But with leftovers.)
Friday: Out, thank goodness!

So, yeah. It’s probably a good thing that I’ll be gone for a while. Today I’ll just figure out what we’re doing for this weekend. Thankfully my husband cooks (reality – he’s probably a lot better at it than I am. I need a recipe for at least a starting point) so I know he can fend for himself while I’m gone.

I think I’m on tri-tip overload at the moment. It’s good and I don’t want it to go to waste, but any leftovers after tonight will need to go into the freezer.

Menu Plan Monday


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