Ever have those days where you just don’t feel like getting in the kitchen and finding something to make for dinner?
I know I sure do, more often that I would like to admit.
But the reality is, that there is usually always someone looking to you and asking that same old question: “What’s for dinner?”, night after night. Sound familiar? I thought so.
We can’t choose to simply ignore the question, not for long anyway. There might be a few nights that you can throw a pizza in the oven, or tell everyone to make themselves a sandwich, or grab a bowl of cereal. But eventually your husband will start to wonder when there is going to be some “real food” on the table, and your kids will start to whine.
So when you are struggling to get up and make dinner, follow these steps:
Change your scenery.
One of the reasons I struggle so hard with making dinner is because I have been stuck in the same spot for hours. I’ve been at the computer working on my blog or browsing the internet, and I’ve gotten “stuck.” Put your computer on sleep mode, stand up, and go outside. Spend a few minutes breathing in the fresh air and waking up your senses.
Consult your meal plan.
If you created a meal plan for the week, and really aren’t feeling what you wrote down for that day, then change it up. Say you are supposed to make Chicken Parmesan tonight, but you know you just don’t have the energy to muster up that kind of meal. Look over the rest of your list and see what you can swap out. Did you plan to make spaghetti one night? Throw a pot of water on the stove to boil and preheat the oven for garlic bread. Move the Chicken Parmesan to the weekend, when you’ll have had more time to rest throughout the day.
Get the family involved.
Knowing that you have a little help by your side may just give you the push you need to get up and get in the kitchen. Have your kids wash the produce while you brown the hamburger meat. Ask your husband to get in the kitchen with you, even if it’s just to offer some company. You can each talk about your day while you prep the meal, and he may even jump in to help without you having to ask. If it’s just you by yourself, play your favorite music or listen to an audio book. If your mind isn’t solely focused on doing something you don’t want to do, you’ll find it much easier to motivate yourself to get it done.
If you are having one of those days that you just don’t feel like cooking, then follow the above steps before throwing in the towel and running to the nearest drive-thru. Get up and outside, look over your meal plan, and get other people involved in cooking dinner. Your wallet will greatly thank you!