Last night I didn't eat the black bean chili.....didn't sound good. I think when I was the most successful with meal planning I gave each day a catagorie, then that morning ( or night before if I was super organized) I would decide for sure. So think I am going that way again......I think I will keep several of my nights the same as I used to like-
Mondays- soup or salad. Homemade soup in cold weather ( full of tons of veggies then I add meat to hubbys) or once in awhile canned tomato soup. With soup I choose sides by what I have on hand like cheese/crackers, a good bread or finger food type things. In warmer weather big ol salads. I like doing these to use up odds and ends. I make them individually on dinner plates and add a big variety of things. They are pretty much a filling meal in one so if there is a side it might be a small piece of good bread or usually no bread and on this night I make hubby a nice dessert. ( carb counting to keep his blood sugar in check)
Tuesday- egg night.....might be breakfast for dinner or quiche or other egg type casserole......I start with eggs in mind and go from there.
Those were my 2 constant nights. Also always had a pizza night and sandwich night ( fancier pub type sandwiches or burgers).
Then I played with other nights like
Fish night ( which has gotten so expensive!) for hubby and the sides I made to go with were my main course. I need to get back to this someday since fish is supposed to be so good for you.
Mexican night which has endless possibilitys.
Chicken night ... as a main dish for hubby again with sides that were what I ate.
Italian night....not so much since we went low carb
Sundays were always based in what my nieces liked because they stayed here ever single Sunday night when they were younger but have grown out of that....boo hoo.
No cook night! Where hubby could make his frozen receers burritos he loves or barbque a burger or have leftovers. Did this on Sunday's a lot after nieces outgrew coming here.
Finger food night - not once a week though, maybe once a month?
For a short while I made a freezable meal one time a week that was enough for hubby's dinner plus 2 more nights to freeze. So just a basic serves 4 recipe worked for this with a bonus leftover lunch too. So after you build up a few different things you can pull 2 nights a week out of the freezer for no cook nights. It worked good but I ran out of things to make and got tired of it I guess.
Things have definitely changed with father in law moving in. But, I really love having a plan of what I am going to make even if I just know it is going to be centered around eggs! So need to get back at it!