Thursday, September 3, 2009

Meal Routine

I eat the same exact meal for breakfast every single day: English muffin with peanut butter, honey if I have it, and coffee.

Lunch varies, depending on if I have an event, to sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fruit, carrot sticks, etc. Pretty standard.

Dinner is where I am most creative, trying new ideas or homestyle classics. Hamburgers, pasta, and pizza will always make the rounds on our dinner table, however they are supplemented by the latest FoodNetwork episode or cookbook find.

I am always intrigued by how people meal plan for the week. Do you have a standard cupboard/refrigerator that just needs replacements? Or decide each day but what is in stock and go from there? I hate, hate, hate making multiple trips to the grocery store/Target during the week. But I always do. In a good month, I'll go 3-4 times, planning meals for usually 6 nights per week, knowing one will provide leftovers or I'll be at an evening event. I myself do the replacement method for staple items and our indulgent purchases, but then research meal ideas from websites and my own cookbook stash. My planner ways are rarely ok with the figure-it-out-after-work method.

I find it interesting that dinner is the most creative in my house. Scott doesn't eat breakfast so it is just me and my Groundhog Day meal each morning. I would surmise this is due to time. Most of us don't have leisurely hours to prepare ourselves in the morning coming out of our slumber. How about you-do you plan meals or are you a spontaneous supper eater? And what is the rest of the world eating for breakfast?

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