However, my desire to do this has been shattered pretty consistently by reality, which says that Baby M is at her neediest during the hours when I would be preparing and eating dinner, and lack of sleep doesn't give me a lot of brainpower to think up
So I'm going to take the thinking out of it.
I came up with several categories (Pasta, Mexican, Crockpot, etc), and made a list of meals for each category. By assigning each day a category, all I have to do is look at the list and pick out a meal from it when planning meals for the week. No more coming up with recipe ideas from scratch!
Here's the plan:
Monday: pasta night
Thursday: Stir fry
Friday: Leftovers or takeout date night
I'm not doing meal plans for weekends, because they're so unpredictable. But just taking care of the weekday evenings should take a lot of pressure off. Now I can simply select meals and make a list, no real planning required.