I spent some time yesterday cooking. I made broccoli rice casserole (recipe later this week), soup, brownies, and mac n’ cheese. I also prepped the last of the veggies. I’ve got grown-up lunches covered for the week, and some of our sides for the week too.
Last week was busy and while we didn’t stick to our meal plan, we came pretty close… and that’s ok. I always have extra food on hand to make quick/easy meals for nights when.. stuff goes sideways. Canned soup, stuff for grilled cheese, quesadillas, beans and rice, frozen entrees, leftovers.
We are back on the CSA train- We need some fresh produce in our lives and I hate carrying more groceries upstairs!
Veggies and fruit are delivered by Yasukochi Family Farms CSA. For $25, it’s a great deal. I don’t have to pick anything, go to the store, or carry it upstairs. I can’t go to the store and get the same amount we get weekly for $25. Seriously. It’s a deal.
We’ve been trying a lot of new foods lately, thanks to the really great freebies from Social Nature lately too. It’s fun to try new foods.
For those of you that are new to meal planning, I’ve got an easy 101 style post here with super easy tips and steps. After you get that down, here is info about batch or freezer cooking.
I’ve gotten a pretty good inventory of the pantry, freezer, and fridge done (I try to update it after every shopping trip), so I’m able to plan meals and use up what we’ve got with little waste.
I only post our dinner plans for the week, because our other meals are usually the same each day.
Breakfast: Coffee with 1/2 and 1/2 for me, and pancakes or something along those lines for the kids. They are also into fruit and bagels for breakfast. The Ancient Grain bagels from Einstein Bros. are the current family favorite. I pick them up on Mondays when a dozen is only $7. I slice them and freeze them to keep them from going bad too quickly.
Lunch: I have a plastic tote in the cupboard full of self-serve snacks. I buy treats and snacks in bulk and fill up snack-sized zip-top bags. I’m back to packing lunches again. However, school lunches are free this year- Little Bit has been buying her lunch and expanding her palate.
Dinner: This week we don’t have a lot planned after school/work, so I should be able to get some yummy dinners on the tables.
- Monday: Nuggets (both chicken and veggie), fresh fruit, noodles, cheese, and crackers
- Tuesday: Oven Roasted chicken, roasted veg, Salad
- Wednesday: Brocolli rice casserole, salad, garlic bread
- Thursday: Soup, Grilled Cheese, fruit
- Friday: Takeout night!
- Saturday: Leftovers
- Sunday: Baked pasta/veg casserole
Please stay safe you guys!