I either didn't get the "grown up" gene or I suck at it! Leaning towards the suck at it aspect!
Some days when I am home...I stand and look around and think....hmmm...I don't know how I got myself into this responsibility crap! It was so much easier when mom and dad made all of my decisions. Anyhoo...I'm rambling!
In the spirit of being all grown up like, I decided it was time to start meal planning again. It wouldn't be such a concern for me if I didn't have to go to work, but if I want food to use in my meal planning....it's a must. I stopped planning quite some time ago and have suffered for it. Life felt out of control and we went from eating out very little to eating out too much.
It used to be that Tuesdays was the only real problem night, but now Hayden has started hockey and Abby is in skating our weeknights look this this:
Monday - my later night at work and possible hockey at 6
Tuesday - my TOPS night
Wednesday - possible hockey at 6
Thursday - clear and free
Friday - skating at 6:20
So, as you can see, it's pretty busy.
My meal planning was spurred on by a GREAT cookbook I got for Christmas from one of the guys I work with.
|Thanks Amazon.ca for the picture|
I loved the book so much that I had to go and grab it for the gift exchange with my family. Costco sells it for about $14. Well worth the money.
I also downloaded an app for meal planning called Pepper Plate - I haven't used it too much other than meal planning, but it looks like you can use their website and add recepies, shopping lists, etc.
So, here is the meal plan for the next two weeks, starting Friday.
Friday, Jan. 11 - waffles and bacon
Saturday, Jan. 12 - Fifty Shades of Chicken night (Crisp baked chicken with honey mustard and lime)
Sunday, Jan 13 - Roast beef, mashed potatoes, corn and Yorkshire pudding
Monday, Jan. 14 - Hockey night = toast
Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Chicken fingers and tater tots
Wednesday, Jan. 16 - Pulled pork and onion rings
Thursday, Jan. 17 - Lasagna, Caesar salad and garlic bread
Friday, Jan. 18 - Sandwiches
Saturday, Jan. 19 - Fifty Shades of Chicken night (Roast chicken with brandy-vanilla butter)
Sunday, Jan. 20 - Pork Chops, baked potatoes and carrots
Monday, Jan. 21 - Hockey
Tuesday, Jan. 22 - Tacos
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Shish kabobs, bread, corn and potato
To make things go smooth and fast, it means that I have to spend some time in my evenings to prep and get stuff ready. For example, I can cook the meat for the tacos the night before and grate the cheese, etc. This is one of the parts I hate the most. After a long day, there is nothing more I like to do better than sit down and relax, but I will thank myself for it.
If you don't meal plan and you feel things are a bit hectic, I suggest you try it. It does make a difference. Throw in a "new recipe night"....if you are like me, you have TONS of recipes you want to try out, but end up sticking to the same ol', same ol', pick a night that you have lots of time...it's why I pick Saturdays...it's the least stressful night for me. I would love to hear some of your favorite meals!