On Planning Dinners, Tacos and Simple Meals

Day 63 - Project 365 - 3rd Mar 08 : TACO TIME

One of the things that I don't plan in advance most of the time are dinners. I keep telling myself I should write down a family menu for the week to help organise domestic life and all that. But, I never do. I just find it difficult to plan meals. I'm more of the "What do I feel like eating right now?" kind of person.

So, you can imagine that everyday is a bit of a challenge when it comes to preparing dinners. Especially when I'm too tired/busy/preoccupied to even think about dinner. Let alone, cook it.

Some days are better than others. When I know exactly what I want to eat and all that, it's easy.

On days when we have no clue, we have a list of back-up plans. There are the usual take-away suspects: Domino's Pizza, KFC, or local shops where we get Fish & Chips + Calamari Rings, Indian food, or Chinese meals. Sometimes, we head off to nearby Maccas or Hungry Jack's.

But, when we don't feel like eating fast food or take-away, we also have simple meal back-ups. On this list are:

1) Tacos - We just buy a taco kit, cook the mince with the taco sauce from the kit, heat the taco shells in the oven, slice some fresh veggies (iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions), put them all in a multi-area serving dish, serve with the additional sauce from the kit, grated cheddar cheese and sour cream. Easy peasy.

2) Macaroni & Cheese - Buy a Mac and Cheese packet. Cook it according to instructions. Sometimes, we add peas and ham or cooked bacon, to give it a bit more oomph. Toast some bread and put butter - or garlic butter mix. Or maybe, cook some garlic bread.

3) Pre-cooked meals from Coles or Woolworths - Not our favourite option, but yeah, we occasionally get pre-cooked lasagna, stews, etc from the grocery. Then, finish the cooking at home.

4) Toasted or Grilled Bacon Sandwiches - Or bacon and egg. Or ham & cheese. Yep... you get the picture.

We also have a "do your own dinner" policy between us. Well, my husband and I anyway. He can prepare some of his favourite quick meals like baked beans on toast, tomato soup and toast, tinned spaghetti on toast, etc.

I'm not a big fan of those meals, so I have my own list of quick and easy meals like tuna and rice, instant noodles, and corned beef and rice, among others.

What about you? Do you plan your dinners? Do you have a list of simple meals that you prepare whenever you don't feel like cooking much? Any favourite takeaway or fast food meals?

About the Author Shai Coggins

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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