In my case, I'm an older adult living with my retired parents, and part of what I do is try to cook for them. But of course everyone at our age has pretty firm ideas of what we want to eat, and the parameters of what everyone can or will eat can get pretty narrow. Too often I find myself just throwing in the towel and getting fast food, but that's not helping anyone.
Part of the problem is that I wait until the day of, or the last minute, to cook. Fortunately for me no one will eat any meal but dinner so that takes some pressure off, but what I need is some method for picking out what foods are universally ok, finding recipes that use those foods, then combining them into a menu for the week without a lot of repetition.
Really, what I suppose every other family does but with a lot less leeway. No beef, no roast chicken or pork, no fish/seafood. And that's just the proteins.
I'm not asking for specific dishes, but about process. How does one go about putting together a meal plan for the week, the month, and how does one go about editing?
(Bonus question: there are a lot of things I would like to cook that just don't fit in to our family plan, either foods we mostly won't eat (lamb, shrimp) or foods we shouldn't eat much of (desserts). If anyone can suggest how a cook can explore cooking food without feeding people, I'm all ears.)