We all know that moment when we are finishing up the day’s work, planning our trip home, and beginning to think about what we are going to have for dinner. It may just be cooking for one or cooking for a family — regardless of size, cooking can feel incredibly overwhelming.
There are many reasons why this happens.
It can include things like a limited pantry (why did we skip our weekly shopping trip?), a special diet, picky eaters, food allergies, or even just drawing a blank when it comes to what to make. If nothing sounds good, it’s hard to come up with meal ideas.
If you’ve struggled with cooking fatigue, you’re likely nodding your head in agreement. When we relegate the thought of dinner merely to the quick drive home, we don’t allow ourselves much time to come up with a creative and delicious—not to mention, healthy—meal. Dinner is a daily need that isn’t going anywhere, so we cannot avoid mastering this part of our lives.
While it may seem to take up precious weekend time, creating a plan for the weekday meals actually will save you infinitely more time during the week. However, sitting down on the weekend to decide what to eat will help keep everyone on track and save money at the grocery store.
At the end of the week, you may need to open your refrigerator, get creative, and use what you have. Continue taking time to practice using what is on hand. You may be surprised what you can come up with using those leftover ingredients.