Trying to be the organized mom, I keep a list of our meals, who likes them, what to have as sides, which meats we like & how expensive they are in an excel spreadsheet. I open up the spreadsheet every time I work on our grocery list and meal plan.
I do this so we don’t keep having the same things over and over, and forget about other things we like. But, we are still having the same things all the time and mostly because of the reasons below…
- Everyone loves spaghetti, but I can’t eat it due to recent health issues.
- I have 2 health conditions that I really need to consider what I eat. I cannot eat soy or any of it’s counterparts. And secondly, it is painful for me to ingest tomato based foods, citrus based foods or other highly acidic and spicy foods.
- I am willing to try lots of foods, but the family wants to eat the same old foods with the ingredients that I can’t have.
- Budget-like everyone else in America during these times, or if you’re wise, frugal minded during any time.
I sincerely hope you can help us. Spaghetti (which I can’t have) every week is beyond old at this point. Thanks! – Maureen
- Start with a family recipes pow-wow. Get some cookbooks, magazines, pull up some websites
- Add to your spreadsheet and start incorporating your new recipes into your meal plan. Tett
- Encourage flexibility. And this might have to come from your husband!
- Check out the following soy-free recipes here on $5 Dinners.
- If all else fails, short order cook a similar meal for yourself. Example, if you are making spaghetti for everyone else, you set aside some noodles and make noodles with olive oil and some batch grilled chicken for yourself. It’s not ideal…but it might be worth doing once or twice a week!
What about you guys?! Do you have any ideas for Maureen or recipes to share?!? How can we help her out!?