Episode 90 It’s Okay to Be Boring
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Earlier this year I did an episode on the emotional burden of feeding your family. This podcast was recorded in July of 2020 and we are still dealing with a global pandemic. As school time approaches our brains are using a lot of energy to prepare for a unique school year. This means many of us have less energy for dinner.
I’m here to encourage you that it is okay to have a season of boring meals. We all have seasons where we go into survival mode and may not be very creative in the kitchen. It takes a lot more work to make a new recipe. You have to get inspired. Find the recipe. Vet the recipe which often means looking at several other similar recipes. Gather ingredients which means assessing what you have and purchasing what you need. Making a new recipe take more time and often creates more dishes. All of these small things add up to a lot of energy. When you are in a busy season you may not have the extra energy.
Simple, (read boring) meals are okay. Our family has the same salad every night. Some may call it boring, but it works for us. My family does not complain, so why would I want to change the routine?
When we are in tough seasons our family has a steady rotation of simple meals and grocery store shortcuts. You can simplify for meal strategy by having a framework of chicken on Mondays, tacos on Tuesdays, Sandwiches on Wednesday, pasta on Thursdays, pizza on Fridays, leftovers on Saturdays and hamburgers on Sundays. Using a framework to narrow your choices can make meal planning easier. Or you can use the Master Meal Planning Sheet to get all your choices in one place. Either way, you are making dinner just a little bit easier.
Feeding your family is enough. Dinner does not have to be perfect every day. If you have simple and boring meals, you are okay. You’ve got this!