A Little Planning Will Get You a LOOOOOOOONG Way!

I made a meal plan last week and it was a HUGE help.

We have done it before and while it didn’t seem as helpful as it seems right now….it was still a good guideline and we used it “loosely” about 50% of the time…..

But for whatever reason, it is really “clicking” right now. It must be one of those “right time, right place” things.

I am really trying to watch what I’m eating AND I’m also trying to be really aware of our spending AND we have noticed that we were spending WAY too much on “eat out” food recently.

We have been so busy and I feel like I was just trying to survive the summer and we’ve been running around like chickens with our head cut off. Basically we have just been reacting to our situations, and not planning enough things out.

So, with all that in mind, I took the time last week to plan out our meals for last week and it was AMAZING!

We have two days where we are working outside the home and if I plan for easy, quick meals on those two days then it really helps things out. It also helps out that the girls are old enough and accomplished enough to make most any of our meals by themselves. I love that we’ve included them in preparing our meals since they were little and now it is TOTALLY paying off.

Last week, felt so much smoother and less chaotic….it probably helps that we are in a better groove as far as kids going to school and working and at home days with organizing, and cleaning, and….well….I’m just feeling SO much more relaxed about life right now, and really….this is a VERY good thing as it translates into every aspect of our lives.

So, this week didn’t start off exactly as I planned it, as Jeremy was home from school yesterday and it threw my day off slightly.

But, I did manage to list out my meals for the week and here they are:

Monday: Pork Roast with Veggies and Quinoa
(Broccoli and Cauliflower – Jon did the prep on this meal as I was at my Exercise Class and it was DELICIOUS!)

Tuesday: Roast Chicken & Rice with Veggies
(Kale & Carrots – We work today and so the roast is in the fridge ready to go with the rice and chicken in the roasting pan and the girls will just throw it in the oven at 4pm)

Wednesday: Homemade Soup, Salad, and Bisquits
(Chicken potato soup that I have on hand in the freezer. The girls whip up the salad and make the biscuits from scratch.)

Thursday: Chicken, Veggie Stir Fry with Rice Noodles
(2 Chicken Breasts, zucchini, daikon, peppers, celery, carrots, over rice noodles)

Friday: Tortillas with Beef, Beans, and Fixin’s
(Ground Beef, Beans, Lettuce, Peppers, Goat Cheese, Tofutti Sour Cream, Salsa and Corn Tortilla’s)

Saturday: Homemade Pizza
(Dough From Homemade Sourdough Starter, Chicken, Olives, Peppers, Goat Cheese, Farmer’s Sausage, Pineapple, Tomato Paste)

The MOST Delicious Pizza

Sunday: Lasagna with Salad
(Made last week with leftover spaghetti sauce and frozen – will throw it in before church and time it to be ready when we come home from church with salad prepared as soon as we get home)

I’m expecting that this will be a great week of meals that we will all enjoy. We do sit down as a family and eat together almost every night of the week and we find that it’s a priceless time when we can chat and debrief about our days and talk about future plans and just laugh with and love on each other. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Author: Patricia Culley

I'm the ringmaster of my own circus. Just trying to stay one step ahead of the monkeys.

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