When I wrote this post about routines, I mentioned that grocery shopping was killing me – I had no regular system for meal planning and grocery shopping (even grocery pickup isn’t helpful if you don’t know what you need to buy).
A few weeks ago, I had a doctor’s appointment for Tally scheduled on Monday afternoon. As I was looking at the calendar for the week ahead, I realized I could go straight from her appointment to the grocery store, which is pretty nearby.
So on Sunday night, as part of my planning, I made a menu and a grocery list and tucked it in my purse. After Tally’s check-up, we headed to the grocery store, grabbed all the things we needed, and were home to put everything away just in time for dinner. It was kind of like magic.
Coincidentally, I had my own doctor’s appointment scheduled for the following Monday afternoon, so riding on the success of the previous week, I planned to go again right after my appointment.
And it worked perfectly.
I already do a lot of planning on Sunday night, so adding my menu planning to it wasn’t hard, plus Monday is the day that I feel the most motivated and accomplishment driven, so it’s been a good fit so far.
Best of all, it’s meant MUCH less scrambling to put dinner on the table. Not only do I have a menu planned and all the ingredients for it, but starting the week off with a plan gives me all sorts of momentum to keep making dinner each night for the rest of the week.
It’s ridiculous how much of a relief it is to have this reoccurring issue finally solved.
At least for now, since if there is one thing I know about life, it’s that it’s always changing.
But one unchanging thing is how much we love this basil coconut chicken curry – I’ve been making it for the last five years and it’s always a hit. It isn’t spicy (just the tiniest bit of heat) and it comes together super quickly in one skillet.
And it has pretty basic ingredients, so even if I hadn’t gone to the grocery store on Monday, I still would have been able to whip it up for dinner.