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Food Planning

Going back to work full time means that I need to start doing meal planning again.

Well, "again" is relative. This is a discipline I've yet to actually make stick, despite instruction and coaching from _storyteller_.

For the first three weeks, my work day will start at 7:30am -- the earliest I've had to be anywhere in quite some time. I'm someone who needs breakfast, so I'll need to be sure I have healthy food to eat *before* I get into my car. Otherwise, I'll be driving through McDonalds.

The place I'll be working has an on-site cafeteria, which is great for convenience and bad for both the wallet and the waistline. Packing economical, healthy lunches is going to be a necessity. Time to stock up again on little plastic containers for left-overs, and healthy snacks for the cubicle. I'll also need to be sure I have a water bottle at my desk.

Finally: dinner. I am not one of those people who enjoys cooking, although I've been told I'm competent at the dishes I do prepare. Coming home after a full day of work to face the prospect of cooking dinner for Wolfling myself is a daunting prospect. (Honestly, one of the things I miss most about having a mortal partner around the house is having both participation and moral support in this area!) But Wolfling is old enough to share the responsibility for meal prep and cooking -- and she's even indicated an active interest. I'm hoping it can be a bonding experience as well as practical.

The key is planning. Knowing what we're having for dinner, having the supplies on hand, making enough for leftovers, and having the proper storage, are all going to be essential.

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amqu
Aug. 31st, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
One word: Crockpot. Great for dinner being ready when you get home from work, true. But did you know you can put in water and oatmeal the night before and have it ready for you in the morning for breakfast?
qos
Sep. 1st, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
I should probably invest in a crockpot. Thanks for the input!
erl_queen
Aug. 31st, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Personally, as much as I like to cook, I'm also pretty lazy a lot of the time, and so I don't always want to make a big dinner. My solution - stop thinking of some foods as "breakfast" and "lunch" and others as "dinner". Why can't sandwiches be dinner, or cereal, or any number of things? One thing I make frequently is scrambled eggs with vegetables (zucchini, spinach, garlic, etc.), and a piece of toast or english muffin, maybe some fruit. Technically looks more like breakfast, but it's easy and quick and nutritious.
qos
Sep. 1st, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm with you 100% on this!

In fact, I tend to prefer "lunch" foods for breakfast.
erl_queen
Sep. 1st, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid, my mom used to surprise me with breakfast-for-dinner sometimes. It was so much fun. Like a full big breakfast spread - eggs, bacon, french toast, etc. - but for dinner. Funny how such a little thing can create such strong memories.
qos
Sep. 1st, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
I have a vivid memory of my dad making waffles at the table at dinnertime on some Sundy nights.
erl_queen
Sep. 1st, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
My other suggestion is to make meals that you can make in large quantity, and then eat for several days afterwards (as either lunch or dinner). For instance, large pots of pasta, stews and soups, curries, stir fry, etc. I do this especially in the winter.
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