There is nothing I dislike more than trying to work out what to cook for tea. I am the type of person who, if I lived alone, would survive on cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. I can never get inspired at a moment's notice, and even if I do have some inkling of a recipe I fancy doing, you can guarantee I'll be out of some significant ingredient like chopped tomatoes or onions.
I would rather save myself the stress of having to conjure up a delightful and healthy meal on the spot every day by planning the week's menu on Sunday night. This way I have time to drag out my collection of recipes torn out of magazines in a moment of domestic optimism or browse through my two staple cookbooks (How to Feed Your Whole Family a Healthy Balanced Diet, with Very Little Money and Hardly Any Time, Even If You Have a Tiny Kitchen, Only Three ... - Unless You Count the Garlic Crusher...- this even has weekly menu plans inside - and Vegetarian Grub on a Grant) and see what I actually have in the cupboards. While we're on the subject of plans and lists, why not grab your free sample pages and ePlanner from ListPlanIt today? Vegetarian Grub on a Grant is ideal for those of us whose culinary skills have perhaps not envolved tremendously since student days and who also, don't like cutting up meat. I also have time to go shopping before each Great Cooking Event.
Planning each evening meal in advance means you can spread the wholesomeness through the week, so if one day is not particularly Delia Smith, then you can make up for it another day. Many families have a regular pizza night - ours is Friday - and it's the one night you can guarantee plates will be cleared. Save yourself the stress of trying to come up with a popular, easy-to-cook and healthy dish during "the witching hour" (between 4.30 and 5.30 in the afternoon) and get your week's menus and activities up on your weekly planner. You can buy Weekly planners on amazon or download them off the internet and print them off each week. It might make life just that little bit easier.