I don't understand how I could love to cook so much but still hate to plan the meal. I have to go the grocery store today and I have started my list. I am wracking my brain trying to come up with meals for the week. Should we have chicken? No, we just had fried chicken last week. Well maybe if I make it another way?? Ok. Definite maybe. How about pork? Nah, just had pork "steaks" and ribs. Well I could get a pork roast. Ooh maybe with some garlic and apples...in a slow cooker.
This is what I go through every week. I have covered all the basics and meals in this house have consisted of: beef, pork, chicken. Corned beef, ground beef, roast beef. Pork steaks (I hate the bone in a pork chop), pork loin, ribs, sausage. Fried chicken, chicken and rice. I have about 1 1/2 pounds of shrimp in the freezer. I could make scampi. Oh maybe with some linguine. Stuffed peppers sound good. Maybe I'll make those.
We go through about 10 pounds of potatoes a week. If you have ever seen my son, Austin eat you'll know that is not an exaggeration. Beans, macaroni, rice, couscous. All consumed in this house. Thank goodness my kids love their vegetables. I'm talking any vegetable except eggplant (fools that they are.) I can put cooked carrots or lima beans in front of them and they're asking for more. They're all good eaters including my husband. I have even managed to convince them that cooking with anchovies is not the same as anchovies on a pizza. They now know that when you "melt" the anchovies in a hot skillet they take on a nutty flavor and not a fishy one. So, I really shouldn't complain. They'll eat anything I put in front of them.
I love to cook meals for my family. But I have to stay within a budget. I try to be creative. I try to mix it up. I don't even mind the planning of the meal so much. It's that lingering fear in my head that they're going to say: Chicken again?