Response: to a blog and to my circumstances
Monday, July 11, 2016
I usually start the week with a menu plan and it must have a wide range of strength and ingredients that it will require to prepare it. A friend pointed me to a popular blog post about meal and grocery planning and it prompted these thoughts.
I used to cook 7 dinners a week...using left overs as lunches. Well that does not work for me or my husband anymore. WHY? Well sometimes he will have eaten a large lunch at work and doesn't want much for dinner except maybe a bowl of cereal. I may want a nice dinner---but not have the strength to get from my bedroom to the kitchen....so that day a green salad (from a premade bag of veggies and greens) will be my dinner. I often have more energy in the late morning...once I'm over my morning stiffness and pain, and before the tiredness and "bone crunch" of the day has kicked in. So for days like that a slow cooked meal is good fare....and if DH doesn't want it for dinner, it can be held for the next day or two for a a "help yourself" meal. I also have a Smart Pot which is an electric pressure cooker/slow cooker/rice maker/ sauteer/ yogurt maker that doubles as a robo vacuum. (lol). It probably was foolish of me to invest so much money in a home that does not eat much in the way of elaborate meals anymore...but it does have many uses and I do employ it at times. Also for my Vitamix blender...This DOES get used more as each day usually I usually make one or even two smoothies. I know it can do more for me and need to read up and put it to better use.
Now the summer is here and the grill presents us with another option. So hamburgers, hot dogs....my DH has discovered he also like "brats"...and I had bought an eggplant and some portabella (SP?) caps to marinate and cook on the grill as mini "pizzas " or with topping of chopped tomatoes, onions, and peppers...however these didn't get used in time to be cooked before my hospital stay (we had about 4 days of monsoons that prevented grilling) so unfortunately will have to be discarded.
Anyway...my whole point here is that "LIFE" happens and flexibility is more and more the order of the day as I get older and health and strength fluctuate as do plans and schedules. SO I try to have a variety of ingredients on hand...things that I can make just for myself...or for both of us...or for not really eating a third meal at all. (and I do not get bent out of shape about that. In fact, if I eat out I expect that in the day I eat out, I will only eat two meals. and that does help with the extra ingestion of calories that can happen at a restaurant.) .
So, go---and eat---with the strength God gives you and praise him for every new day and for whatever comes along with it.