DECIDING what to make for dinner each night can be exhausting – which is why this mum’s solution is a game changer.
The Australian mum-of-two shared her clever “cup trick” on Facebook which is as easy as “picking an idea out of a hat”.
The mum will place meal option in each of the cups – main and sides – and pick one out from eachCredit: Facebook
Her and her daughter take turns in choosing what meal to cook by writing down options and placing them in a cup.
They will then pick one out at random, along with a side, making up their meal for the night.
The mum reckons it’s made the meal planning process so much easier, and it’s become a fun activity for them both, too.
She shared two photos and explained how the nightly ritual works.
She will write down options on paper before folding them and placing them inside the cupCredit: Facebook
The snaps show two cups side by side – one is labelled with ‘dinner’ and the other ‘sides’.
They will simply pick one out of each cup and make whatever comes out.
While it’s certainly a gamble, the mum reckons they “haven’t had any weird combinations yet” and added, “everything seems to just go together”.
Alongside the snaps she asked: “Does anyone else meal plan like this?”
“I also add vegetables or salad to the meal we create,” she said, turning it into a bigger, more delicious meal.
The clever idea makes meal planning a breezeCredit: Getty – Contributor
She will pick out one dinner option and a side and will pair them togetherCredit: Facebook
Needless to say, hundreds of mums were impressed by the simple idea with many saying they’d like to try it.
“This isn’t something we have done, but I love it,” one mum said.
“Great idea, I’m always trying to find something to cook and hate having the same meals all the time,” another woman said.
A third said: “I am stealing this idea” and thanks the mum for sharing.
Some liked the idea but had some hesitations.
The meal options include:
- Bolognese bake
- Honey mustard chicken
- Pizza muffins
- Butter chicken
- Fish and chips
- Sweet and sour chicken
- Moroccan chicken
- Pub feed (homemade)
- Curried sausages
- Take away
- Chicken nuggets
- Satay chicken
- Stir fry
- curry chicken
- Beef stroganoff
- Mashed potato
- Baked potato
- (Salad and vegetables for all)
Other parents loved the ideaCredit: Facebook
“I like the idea of picking randomly out of your weeks options, ” one said. “But I wouldn’t also then pick a random side, only because I’m particular on what I eat with certain meals.”
Another joked: “Its all fun and games until you get hamburgers with rice or pizza with mash.”
But the mum defended the method and said: “That depends what gets pulled from the dinner side will depend if a side is required. That’s up to the cooks discretion. It’s a bit of mix and match really.”
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