It's Monday again. That means it's time for me to come up with a comprehensive grocery list (stop laughing!) and hit the grocery store.
I used to be very good at this. I'd map out what I'd be cooking during the entire week, figure out what I needed to buy, and add the odds and ends like toilet paper and laundry detergent to the end.
Not any more. I'm lucky if I get two days worth of dinners on a grocery trip. When gas prices were nudging up against $4 a gallon, I tried really hard to make a once a week trip to town. I had it down to about twice a week.
The problem is, I just can't think of what to cook anymore. I've been doing this for 20+ years and have just run out of ideas---new or old. My poor family ends up with spaghetti, or tacos, or waffles just about every week. I also used to make elaborate meals that required a few hours of prep and cook time. I still do occasionally. I used to be proud of such meals. Now they just wear me out. Besides, they are mostly bad for you, ie: homemade lasagna.
My family's tastes have changed as well. The boys used to be pretty picky---not so anymore. That should be a good thing, but it doesn't really address my poor attitude toward cooking dinner. You see, I really pride myself on making things that are basically healthy. Lee eats a good breakfast, but the kids are like me---can't hardly eat in the mornings. I know they all basically eat bad-for-you foods at lunch; and so it falls to me to make dinner as good as possible. Mac and cheese out of a box night after night doesn't sit well with the caretaker in me.
And so, here I sit with my grocery list full of needed items and coupon items, but no dinner ideas.
Would anyone be willing to tell me what you are making for dinner tonight? I'm fresh out of ideas. I guess we could have cereal for dinner, but it will have to be something high in fiber, low in sugar and doused with lowfat milk for it to pass the Mom test.