Look at me, posting two days in a row! The sky is falling. But I'm posting because I need HELP. Here's the thing: I've barely been cooking the last few months, so I'm a little out of practice with the shopping properly and the cooking in a timely fashion. I attempted today to finally meal plan from a cookbook for the week before going shopping- as opposed to nauseously staggering down the aisles behind my enormous car cart, grabbing at whatever looks palatable- but I realized that I am not in the mood for anything but, well, hard stuff, requiring lots of ingredients and time. Or vegetarian stuff, which is fine for me but not fine for Jim. Like, I could eat cranberry-pecan-goat cheese salad with raspberry dressing every night. Or mushroom ravioli, or soup and bread. But he's usually hungry for, you know, MAN food, involving at least a smidgen of protein here and there.
In the winter, I'm often in the mood for this kind of hot, comforting stuff- shepherd's pie, meatloaf, chili, etc. In the spring, when there is sunlight and breezes and flowers (and also more than a hint of nausea, such that even though I've been trying to wean off the Zofran, I keep ending up taking it by noon every day) any dish that involves browning hamburger is kind of making me shiver just thinking about it.
What stuff do you guys like to eat in the spring/summer? Light, fairly easy meals that are acceptable to at least the majority of your families? And, if possible, that involve meat or another protein source, but in a very hands-off, non-smelly way?
Edit: Thank you so much for your suggestion, Omaha Mama! I subscribed to e-mealz.com last night, and this morning before shopping all I had to do was go to my computer and hit print! Then I went through the meal plan, crossed out the meal ingredients I didn't think I wanted to do, and voila. All set to shop. This looks SO AWESOME. Sure, there IS some meat, but the two meals that involved the most meat prep/ground beef smelliness I just skipped or altered in a way to suit me.