My spring sports hell begins this week. Running club 3 days a week, lacrosse 3 nights a week and we don’t have the baseball schedule yet. With two boys so active (not complaining) it’s hard to juggle everything and still have a normal schedule. I’ve actually been stressing about dinners. I love for us to eat as a family most nights but with this spring sports schedule I need to come to terms with – it’s just not going to happen.I’d rather have the boys and I eat early and my husband warm up meals (because he doesn’t care) than us eating as a family at 8pm at night. It’s just too late. So I’ve come up with a plan that I hope works for us and our crazy schedule. Meals will be healthy, but easy to prepare and keep warm so my husband can easily eat later on in the evening. I will make sure to keep you posted on how it’s working out, because I’m sure that I am not the only one with kids in sports and crazy schedules happening, especially in the spring.
REAL FOOD Menu Plan 3.13.16
Monday: Continuing with our Meatless Monday tradition I am putting a spin on my homemade tomato soup by throwing it in the slow cooker then putting Tortellini in the soup the last 15 minutes of cooking. Serving it with salad and crusty bread.
Tuesday: I have leftover roasted tomato sauce in the freezer which I will warm up and throw in some hot Italian sausage and lots of veggies that I need to get rid off (peppers, mushrooms, onions, kale) then serve with pasta.
Wednesday: LEFTOVER NIGHT! Perfect way to get rid of extra food and I don’t need to stress about dinner.
Thursday: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I will make one of my favorite Irish dishes – Shepherd’s Pie
Friday: We have NOTHING going on which makes me so very happy! Serving Asian inspired Salmon with rice and roasted asparagus
Saturday: Hoping the weather is nice so we can get out into the garden so it’s completely ready for planting. I want to make something that we can eat on the run and the boys can serve themselves when hungry. My favorite go-to busy recipe is BBQ Chicken or Pork. I can easily throw it into the slow cooker and let it do it’s thing. I then just need to pull it apart and serve it on buns, or my favorite topped with cole slaw.
Sunday: I cannot wait to make this new sheet pan chicken recipe, I hope my family likes it! TIP: Purchase bone in chicken because it saves you money and the chicken will not dry out as much and you get amazing flavor.
So that’s my menu plan for this week…hope it’s inspired you to think outside the box when feeding your family. 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 inspiration and become inspired over at Org.Junkie