It is March, the time of year when the weather tries to be Spring but isn’t quite. Usually, I would just throw the makings of a beef stew or chicken paprikash into the old crockpot there and forget about it.
Recently, though, I’ve learned that I am raising men and their feeding needs have changed greatly.
Problem #1: We aren’t in Ohio anymore!
Except, well, see here in SoCal, the temperature outside is 60 degrees hotter than what we’re used to and all. The kind of heavy eating that we had become accustomed to just isn’t working here anymore. My men, all 3 of them, have also recently informed me that they are watching their figures, you see.
In short, we are becoming California-ized.
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Problem #2: I had become a one-trick pony.
What’s a mom to do when all she knows how to make is gravy and sauces and dumplings?! At this stage of the game I don’t need my recipe books or index cards. Anything I make comes straight from my mental card box.
I haven’t made a menu plan since… well… Yeah, it’s been a while.
Problem #3: Why use canned or frozen when you can have fresh?
The other problem is that while it was so easy to whip out a can of peaches back home here I can have fresh mango. Instead of fresh salmon I’m going to find fresh tilapia. Cilantro practically grows wild here and can be had for pennies so why use parsley?
Problem #4: The Boys are becoming Men.
The last issue that I have with this whole “gotta feed the fams” business is that my wee little boys are now using a ton of deodorant and one of them has started shaving regularly while the other one has begun counting his chest hairs.
Instead of a family of 4 I’m now in charge of The Feeding of Growing Men.
Dun, dun, duhhhh!
I recently came across an ebook called “How to Meal Plan: A Step by Step Guide For Busy Moms” by Crystal & Company. This book takes you through each step of the process and has weblinks to many different sites that help you along the way.
The very first step is coming up with 21 main course recipes. The books gives you several websites to find low cost but tasty choices. (Low cost is so important for everybody these days isn’t it?) It’s important to my men to have a variety of foods so I decided that we would have 5 fish, 5 beef, 5 pork, and 6 chicken meals.
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That’s as far as I’ve gotten.
What’s In It For You?
This exercise got me to thinking. Am I the only mom who needs to re-learn how to plan a menu? Then I got the brilliant idea of sharing my journey with you! I’ll keep you in the loop about how this is going.
In the meantime, check out the FB page for this book at https://www.facebook.com/HowToMealPlan.
Happy Meal Planning!