I like variety, I like to cook, most of the time, and don't want to fall into the trap of a certain set of meals, rotated every 5 days, like clockwork, I shudder to think of it. And I've known people who do that. They make 5 basic meals, and repeat them every 5 days, with the exception of Christmas and Thanksgiving. Personally, that falls into the realm of horror for me. That being said, I do make a few dishes very regularly, mainly because we like them. Things like Taco's, Spaghetti and Salisbury Steak.
People have been known to look at the posted menu for the week, which I have on the fridge, and laugh at me, but I see them get this Hmm look on their face, especially when I tell them that doing this menu plan has saved me money and time. I can plan my trips to the grocery store, plan meals around what I have in the house, and have the freedom to change my plans at the last moment if need be. In other words, if someone calls and asks us out, I know what's planned and can act accordingly.
Here's the menu for this past week;
Saturday - Messy Burgers
Sunday - Jambalaya
Monday - Boat Club
Tuesday - Lasagna (Frozen Swanson's, usually I make my own)
Wednesday - Salisbury Steak
Friday - Eat Out with Friends.
So I had it all planned for the week. Knew what I had to buy, knew what we had in the fridge/freezer and didn't have to think about it, and was even able to make a couple of last minute changes. We ended up having the Acapulco Chicken on Wednesday and the Salisbury steak on Thursday. Because I'd gotten the hamburger meat out of the freezer and into the fridge to thaw, the meat didn't have to be cooked that day.