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Friday, 22 September 2017

Confession Time

I've been married for forty three years and I'm here to say, I'm TIRED of it.  Oh, not the marriage part.  I'm tired of 43 years of meal planning and preparation.  I still like to eat though so what's a gal to do?
I admit we eat out once in  a while, like maybe three times a week, at least.  So why is my grocery bill so high?  I don't get it.
I still wake up in the night and find myself 'stewing' over what to prepare for lunch and supper the next day.  I'm losing precious sleep over this.  I'm in a 'jam' or a 'pickle' you might say.  Is it just me or is 43 years long enough to have to think about what to cook?

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  1. My wife works three nights a week and I am on my own for meals, fortunately I am easy.

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    1. That must take a burden off her shoulders. Good for you.

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  2. I hear you. I am vegetarian. My partner is not. So two meals need to be thunk up, shopped for, prepared and clean up afterwards. I am over it. And fall into a same old, same old rut quite often.

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    1. Wow....two meals each time. All of a sudden I don't have so much to be crcabby about.

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  3. I am very lucky that my hubby can cook and enjoys it, the days I work cooking is his 'shift' (I work 12 hr days) on my days off I cook, my adult sons have been taught to cook - one is a good cook/health obsessed and won't microwave anything, the other is lazy and only uses the microwave! Hubby and I do a weekly menu plan including three meals a day and snacks then order the food from the plan, we cook about four meals a week from scratch. I am mainly vegetarian but cook meat. I think it's just planning and sharing chores that keeps it afloat here, that and having it written down on the fridge. I would be very glum if I didn't have this shared arrangement though. We eat out about once a month at most. Maybe someone in your family would bring a cooked meal over to you and you could return the favour another week to make things more fun once in a while? (meals on wheels we call it!)

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    1. That sounds like some serious planning. I did try, years ago, to plan out a weeks menus. I found when the time came around to make them that they just weren't what I wanted. Failure!!!!

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  4. After 47 years, Norma and I get our own breakfasts, lunches and only collaborate on supper. She, however --through no fault of mine-- has proven herself the better baker. Still, our grocery bills are surprising.

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    1. It's nice that you are independent for two meals out of three.

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  5. I'd say 43 years id definitely long enough. There are times I eat a sandwich for dinner because I can't decide what to cook, or just don't feel like cooking. Tonight, for instance. I'm having a cold roast beef sandwich.
    my daughter often can't decide what to cook, so she found herself a company here that decides for you. For a fee of course, they will provide you with xxx many recipes per week and the packaged ingredients to make them. She loves it, no longer has to run around after work buying ingredients that she probably already has and can't remember, nor does she have to spend time deciding what to cook.

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    1. It's hard to find a place that provides either the ingredients with a preplanned menu or cooked meals that follow our low card priorities.

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    2. Perhaps contact a few and ask if that's an option. Like Meals on Wheels do diabetic compatible meals for those who need them.

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  6. These days I mostly batch cook like large amounts of chicken thighs, I brown ground beef in 3 - 5 lb. batches, BBQ spare ribs, and stuff like that. Then all.you have to do is defrost a batch for supper and add some vegetables or salad and voi la you've got lunch or supper. I also cook up bacon by the pound in the oven, hard boiled eggs, etc. for a quick breakfast. Really makes life easier. Always salad ready for a quick bite or to dip in dressing for a snack. I think you'd probably like batch cooking. Leaves so much more time for other fun things. Have a great day!

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    1. I do tend to make large batches of some things and then we have two or three days of meals from it. I should try the batch method.

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    2. Large batches works if you do several batches of different things, so you have a variety to choose from, and freeze them in meal size portions. I do that with spaghetti sauce, casseroles and soups.

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  7. I hear ya.

    We've been married for 48 years, and my hubby STILL expects three meals a day every day of the week. (Um, I do, too, but that's not the point of the rant, is it?) Before we were married, I did the daily cooking for my parents, too, so my cooking stuff goes back even farther. There are definitely times I'm "sick to death" of the planning and preparing, but most of the time (shhh) I still enjoy it. The only shopping I enjoy is food shopping... so yeah, I'm weird.

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    1. I keep reminding myself that I am priviledged to go shopping for food, blessed with the variety available and should be grateful for the 'three squares' we enjoy every day.

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  8. I am on my own now, but when I had a family and worked outside the home, I found a marvelous book. It is called THE WEEKLY FEEDER. It has meal menus for each day of the week and grocery lists for a week at a time. I wonder if it is still around or if you can get it online now.

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    1. I think I'll try to look up a low carb cookbook.

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    2. There's a low carb diabetic website with great recipes, it's on my side bar when a new post pops up, but it isn't always recipes. I'm sure there is a recipe link on their sidebar.

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  9. But after 43 years just look at how good you are now, seriously after that amount of time I'd think you could do it in your sleep.

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  10. DH does the cooking now, but I had been chief, cook, and bottle washer since I was 11, so I usually eat whatever he makes, thankfully. I will say that I am sick to death of hamburgers off the grill. Winter is coming though ...

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    1. Yay for men who can cook and will cook. I'd eat the same thing every night if someone else prepared it.

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  11. I'm not crazy about cooking sometimes either, but I prefer being the one deciding what we eat because I am a picky eater :) My husband is wonderfully easy to feed, so I'd say my troubles are self-inflicted - ha ha . . . that being said, we each get our own breakfast and my hubby gets a sandwich for his work lunch, so I'm only doing suppers.

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    1. My hubs is barely able to FIND the kitchen let alone function in it.

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    2. said nicely: you should have trained him earlier :)

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  12. My husband of 45 years is very heavy, so we're on NutriSystem. But we still shop for salad stuff, fruit, and other necessities. We have one or two meals a week where we go out in the afternoon, get a piece of meat, frozen veg. Just gotta keep a set meal, get him involved in planning, portion control.

    I've lost a lot weight, he only some. We will see.

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  13. We eat out ofen also and breakfast and lunch is up to the individual. However, we rarely eat lunch and if we do, we skip dinner and maybe just have cheese and crackers. We have tried something new lately called Hello Fresh dinners and it is delivered to your door. We chose to get them once a month and they make six (3 each) dinners. They give you a choice of eight dinners to pick from. You prepare and cook them yourself (according to their very good and clear instructions) and so far, they are delicious. They come to $10 a meal which is cheaper than going out and I enjoy cooking them. All packaging is recyclable and everything but water and oil is included. I look forward to getting them and not having to think of what to serve and not having to buy a bunch of celery when I only need one stalk. This has cut down on a lot of waste in my fridge. I wouldn't want them delivered every week, but once a month is a real treat.

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  14. I live by myself (well...with my two furry rascals)...and my grocery bill is always high...and, as I said there is only me and my two cats. I don't do very much cooking these days...very simple meals..as simple as simple...and yet, I still keep the supermarket in business! :)

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