For as long as I can remember in my relationship I have had the question what’s for dinner? Or what would you like for dinner? This instantly incites a rise of dread and panic in me. Dread for the same dreaded question and panic because I have the same old answer, ‘I don’t know’. Eventually I wised up to the question and went with a more than eloquent response of ‘what do you want?’. Seriously after 12 years I would have thought there could be a more rounded use of words. Patience of a saint or copping to my own disorganised spirit who knows?
Less about me and more about you, how do you organise dinners? Is it a joint effort? Do you take full responsibility? Is there a routine? Do the kids contribute to the decision?
Over time there have been some methods that I have used to defer the ‘what’s for dinner?’ question. I’ve either moved between them all or sucked at the lot.
The last idea has really worked for me. It allows for a little spontaneity or choice and gets you into a smooth routine.
- Gotta love a weekly menu plan. As an avid dieter it is the best for keeping the calories in check.
- Pasta Monday, veggie Tuesday, stir-fry Wednesday, egg Thursday, fish Friday…. You get it a guide to help give a quick response and sound totally organised.
- Focus on a cuisine or particular cookbook. Flick through and book mark all the good recipes.
- Share the responsibility- Have a week off and make your partner choose. This has got to be my favorite.
- Write down 30 meals, even simple eggs on toast. Include the faves as well. Then you can close your eyes, randomly choose five meals if you want to be a super star show off or two if you find yourself shopping every few days like me. Too easy. Cycle through the thirty meals for as long as your heart’s content. Once you’re bored choose another lot.
If you are like me this may save a lot of stress or even fights, here’s to a more harmonious household for all.