Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: world of craziness
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When I was WOH, I had a similar system to kaydee. I found my energy waned toward the end of the week, so Fridays were always out to eat or takeout (even pizza is a treat, when you don't make it)
On Saturdays, we ate (and still do), something "fun." For us, that's grilling or sushi or a meal of appetizers or some complicated 3 hour recipe or just something out of the ordinary.
Sundays, I'd cook big, something with enough to have another meal (either exactly the same or made into something else....stirfry becomes soup, separate ingredients become a casserole)
Then, Monday is a simple meal (beans and rice, sloppy joes, spaghetti, whatever is quick and easy for you), Tuesday is the leftovers from Sunday, Wed is simple, Thurs is really, really simple, like quesadillas. And Friday starts over with takeout.
I also found that the week went better if I took time on the weekend to prep any and all ingredients. I'm a consummate meal planner, so I'd plan meals, grocery shop, then prep. If we were going to have stirfry, then I'd chop all the veggies at the first of the week. I sometimes would go ahead and make the rice to serve alongside (rice reheats beautifully). If we were having spaghetti, I'd make the sauce on the weekends. Make a huge salad that would last all week. If we were having some sort of bean salad, I'd make that on the weekend.
Basically, whatever could be prepped ahead of time would be. It takes some time on the weekends, but it's worth it on Tuesday night when you're tired.