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Meal planning is a skill.

One of those adults-only, you-didn’t-think-something-so-simple-would-be-so-difficult kind of skills.

And sometimes, it gets really annoying.

Feeding yourself gets really annoying.

This happened to me last week. A combination of meal-repeating-boredom and sickness induced eating-apathy and general meal-planning-sucks, I wanted to crumple up my shopping list before I even wrote anything down.

But we’d forgotten to buy cat food the week before and the bag was totally empty so we had to go to Whole Foods RIGHTNOW on a Friday night and I didn’t have a list ready, so I said,

“You know what, Jessica? Just make some shit you’ve never made before.”

So I dipped into my “Mmm… That Sounds Good!” bookmark folder and selected the first handful of meals that looked appetizing.

And, lo and behold, I became excited about dinner again.

So excited that I blew off writing a paper last night in favor of making dinner.

I could have heated up leftovers or eaten an egg sandwich, but I really didn’t want to see all my produce go bad.

Sunday: Vegetarian Enchiladas

– We’ve been eating these every week, so they are somewhat boredom inducing (not to mention RAGE inducing when I forget to buy more frozen corn and manage to BURN THE CUMIN AGAIN), but The Boyfriend has taken to eating the filling as a weird kind of lunch-time salad/wrap thing, so I figured I could humor him. Plus they reheat well for lunches.

Monday: Kale with Shallots and Pasta with Mushrooms

– These were good, but in typical-Jessica fashion, any time I make more than one dish at once, the kitchen ends up a mess (there was a spilled glass of wine) at least one dish ends up sub-par (kale), and something is cold (pasta). I need kale cooking practice, but it was definitely edible, and the pasta was fine with only one type of mushroom, and there are lots of leftovers!

Tuesday: Tyler Florence’s Potato Salad

– This is my go-to potato salad, and I had a bag of redskins languishing in my cupboard, so I gathered up the other strange ingredients at the store and will whip up some of this tonight. I boiled the potatoes on Sunday (look at me prep!), so it should come together quickly before we depart for trivia.

Wednesday: Cauliflower Soup

– I have no idea why I decided this sounded good, but whatever. I have a giant head of cauliflower in my fridge and I’m going to eat it, goddammit! The challenge will be my lack of immersion blender… or full-sized blender, for that matter. Picture me scooping soup in and out of my Magic Bullet… because that’s exactly what is going to happen.

Thursday: Nothing

– I work until 9 on Thursday nights and Lance doesn’t get home until 8:30, so no dinner on Thursdays. If I’m hungry, I whip up some noodles after work, or maybe some eggs or something.

Friday: Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheeze

– Again, I don’t know why I decided this would be a good idea to make. It seems labor intensive (have you ever cut up a squash? uuuhhhh) and involved buying cashews and nutritional yeast. But it looks kind of good, eh? And healthy? And it will give me something to do on Friday afternoon other than take a nap on the futon, so we’ll go with it.

Maybe if you are lucky, I will report back on any relative successes or failures. Or share with you other tips about planning your freaking #$#$%ing meals like a mother%@#$ing adult already.



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