Our moving day is almost here! I couldn’t be more excited and more scared. If you’re reading this in the future, it’s the summer of 2020 so the pandemic is still in full swing which makes an already chaotic time feel more uncertain.
Eating at home is adding a sense of calm to the whole thing. My mother-in-law blessed us with leftovers. So I have something in the freezer to just heat up for each meal until we move (which is good because there are about 5 dishes left in the kitchen).
Here’s what meal planning during a move has taught me:
- Meals don’t have to be fancy to be good. Forget the side dish if you need to. Put something together from whatever is in the pantry. Your family probably won’t notice or won’t care.
- My attitude towards cooking has a much bigger impact on the quality of the food than the recipe. When I’m happy in the kitchen, the food shows it. When I’m stressed and distracted, the burn marks show it.
- It’s easy to move meals around when I know what I have on hand. I went as far as putting each meal in my calendar on my phone. When a friend wanted to have dinner with my husband before we leave town, I could just move the meals around in a few seconds.
After seeing how smoothly this week’s meals are going, I’m committed to keeping minimum food in the house and only making simple recipes. It’s a tremendous relief not to have to plan far ahead for meals or worry about food going bad. Simple is best.