If you’re anything like me, just reading the title of this post gives you anxiety!
The dreaded question that haunts the single and married, girlfriends and boyfriends, wives and husbands, hostesses and hosts, and moms and dads…it just haunts!
I may have a little help for you that has completely transformed my dinner game and has alleviated the stress that comes with wondering ‘WHAT’S FOR DINNER?’
A little system I devised years ago (Mackenzie was 4, and Madison was 5) was to label each night a “SPECIALTY DINNER” night. My children could count on a specific night of the week being dedicated to a specific meal! Here is how it worked…I even added the codes so you could add to your family calendar:
Monday = Brekkie for Dinner (BFD) – Any form of breakfast! Breakfast Burritos, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Omelets, or eat out at Denny’s!
Tuesday = Taco Tuesday (TT) – Taco Salad, Soft Tacos, or Lettuce Cup Tacos! A fiesta for all!
Wednesday = ‘Wich Wednesday (WW) – Build your own sandwich! All the fixins’! Sides would be fruit, salad, or chips! Easy peasy, and the kiddos can do the work.
Thursday = Throwback Thursday (TT) – I meal prep on Sundays, so I typically save a little for Thursday to ‘heat and eat’! Again, easy and well received.
Friday = Free for All Friday (FFAF) – Every person for themselves! Whatever is in the fridge or cabinet, it’s yours! Not always nutritious, but fun for the kids. I have a friend that has turned Friday into ‘Pizza Day’! Every Friday they have a pizza delivered.
Saturday = Shop Day (SD) – We normally attend Saturday mass, and then head to the market for the week’s groceries. I let the kiddos pick out something from the deli, the frozen, the veggie aisle…and that’s dinner!
Sunday = Family Day (FD) – A few years ago I started treating my Sunday as a Sabbath. No work, no email, no driving. This has turned into a sacred opportunity to renew and refresh. The family ultimately adopted the same line of thinking and we all watch movies, play games, and enjoy one another. I usually make a fantastic meal for (early) dinner and pack up the leftovers for Thursday. We then relax with a show and dessert!
I am hoping my silly little plan will help to alleviate the stress of figuring out the answer to the dreaded ‘What’s for dinner?’ questions, and that I added a little something to help you along with your weekly routine!