Tuesday, May 24, 2011

In Which I Ask Myself How Much Longer I Have To Do This

Give me a toilet to clean any day but please don't make me figure out what's for dinner.

Recently, coming up with a weekly or even daily menu has been like torture. I am completely uninspired when it comes to dinner. Most of the time the kids complain about what I have made, unless it's chicken nuggets and fries. Or breakfast for dinner, which we have about once a week. And new recipes don't help because it takes longer to make something for the first time than it does to make something I've made a million times.

And my goal is to spend as little time as possible on meals. I find no joy in preparing or eating them. It's just another thing to do so we don't all, you know, starve to death.

It's not as if my family is a bunch of ingrates. They're not. In fact there have been several meals recently that have earned reviews like, "you make the best steak ever mom." And it makes me feel good, but it doesn't make me feel motivated or excited to make more meals.

It's like I have dinner depression.

So here I sit with a blank grocery list in front of me and an empty fridge and I'm stuck. What do I make for dinner for the next few days? What should I buy at the grocery store. Milk, eggs, cheese, bread are obvious because we are completely out of those. And peanut M&M's. I'm out of those too.

And the grocery list is just mocking me and I hate it.

How much longer do I have to do this?


Heather said...

I get that feeling, and I would give you a list of easy/good dinners to make but... :) I will say this: pork roast, root beer, BBQ sauce, buns. Crockpot, pull pork, done. :)

I-Shüan Warr said...

I do believe that motherhood is one of the great endurance sports. Because of meal-making. I won't even try to do the math to figure out how many meals I've made. I have been in a rut like that as well for about 1 year but I think I'm finally starting to almost think about enjoying it a bit more now. It just goes in stages, doesn't it?

Allyson said...

There should be a retirement program for moms where you get to turn in your apron after your last child leaves home and you pick up a monthly retirement meal card for the rest of your life. I would totally pay into that retirement plan.

Shannah said...

Just a thought... dunno if you've got an iphone or something of that nature where you have apps. But I LOVE the "all recipes" app. You could always go to the online site too,... but I surf through there and pull up new things to try. Granted, I find a few favorites and we eat that week after week until I'm bored then surf through to find another new thing to try :) I too HATE planning meals.