What’s a Planned Over?

3 May

The conversation went like this:  “What’s for dinner?”  “I don’t know, what do we have?”  “I don’t think there’s much in the fridge.”  “I forgot to defrost anything.”  “Why don’t we just go out and pick up ___.” 

Sound familiar?  We went on like this for years.  Every night, dinner was a complete and total surprise.  Almost every night of the week, one of us would run out to the grocery store or some place we could get take out.  We would come home and maybe, maybe eat dinner by 8 pm.  Inefficient.  Expensive.  Not so awful for just the two of us, but I knew we needed to make a change.

I’m not an instinctively organized person.  I tend to get very organized when I’m anxious about outcomes or when things have become so out of control that I can’t take it anymore.  This is the story of how I changed the way dinner time works at our house.

I took out a magnetized weekly calendar I had bought at Michael’s from the $1 bin and I started to think about how I could approach week-night cooking differently.

  • Planned Overs are meals you can make that create the basis for additional meals during the same week. 
  • Frozen Overs are meals you make and freeze for future use.
  • Quickies are meals you can easily make on a weeknight (20 minutes or fewer) with just a few ingredients.
  • Loved Overs are things that we loved so much, we are happy to have them again within the next day or two.

I have never heard of Leftovers.

This blog will cover my ideas for all of these things.  How to save money on your grocery bill.  What can be made ahead.  How to manage a menu plan.  How to store food.  How to make something when you have time, to spare yourself when you don’t.

Welcome to Planned Overs.  Stay tuned!

One Response to “What’s a Planned Over?”

  1. kathryncecelia May 5, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    Oh, yeah. This otta be good…

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