This is one of my busiest weeks for me personally. I have a zillion meetings, deadlines, events and preparing for a cooking birthday party and healthy baby workshop. I am just a bit overwhelmed and the only way I know how to calm me down is to organize myself not only professionally but personally as well. First and foremost I need to make sure my family is set for the week and menu planning is a big part of that. I can do all my preparing and shopping on the weekend so when Monday comes along I don’t have to stress about – “WHATS FOR DINNER”! For me, it’s the worst feeling to look at the clock noticing it’s 4pm and go – OH SHIT I have nothing planned, what are we going to do.
I know if I didn’t menu plan, we would order take out or eat some sort of packaged meal because it’s more convenient but we all know it’s not healthy for you. So, lets promise ourselves to take 10-15 on the weekend to menu plan for the following week. Your family will thank you and your wallet will to, just don’t go to the grocery store on a empty stomach because we all know that can go VERY badly. LOL
REAL FOOD Menu Plan 11.10.14
Monday: I have 2 meeting, one in the morning and another one in the evening. I want to make something that will be easy to throw together and most of all easy clean up! I love one post meals which cover both of my requests. This One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta from Damn Delicious will be perfect since I still have zucchini (if you can believe it) left from the garden.
Tuesday: It’s been a few weeks since we had “Taco Tuesday” and the kids have been asking for it. To make it a bit healthier I use ground turkey/chicken or grass fed beef. I also put veggies into the meat mixture for added nutrients. One of my favorite brands of taco shells is Garden of Eatin Blue Taco Shells .
Wednesday: Another request from my son was Meatloaf – I love using organic ground turkey for my meatloaf and serving it with a roasted winter vegetable mash.
Thursday: This is a must when menu planning – leave yourself a night that doesn’t involve cooking something new, I like to call it LEFTOVER NIGHT! It saves you time and money each week.
Friday: I am doing a fun Cooking Party for a 12 year old so I will need to leave before our family dinner time. I plan to have shredded BBQ Chicken in the crock pot for the boys to make sandwiches. My husband can also serve it with homemade cole slaw and fries.
Saturday: Since today is about the only day of the week that I am not crazy busy I plan on taking a little more and making Chicken Empanadas.
Sunday: I will be teaching my Healthy Baby Tips and Food Making Class in the late afternoon/evening so I want to have dinner completely ready. One of our favorites is Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup. I can easily have it simmering in the crock pot so the boys can eat when they want. All they need to do is add the cheese, chips and avocado.
Just remember when you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with “life” a little organization goes a long way. Most of these meals can be prepared in less than 30 minutes and some can even be fully cooked within that time. If you are still looking for inspiration head over to my Menu Plans. On Pinterest? Head over and check out my Family Meals Board for more real food inspirations. Here are some of my favorite spots on the web - Musings of a Housewife, The Vintage Mom and Org.Junkie.