I skipped meal planning last week. It was very busy, and there have been some kiddo-related issues that I’ve been dealing with, as well as working extra hours in the morning at my day job.
I hit up the grocery store on Sunday for milk, bread, and a couple things for school lunches. Again this week but we’re eating out of the pantry and our Yasukochi Family Farms CSA box, which will be delivered this afternoon.
I did a mini bundle at Dream Dinners this month, and we’ll be enjoying a few of those meals as well.
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. I picked up 5 new products to try this week at Sprouts last night using my Social Nature coupons!
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. Lately, the big kid has been digging protein shakes in the morning. This is his favorite kind.
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. These snacks make up most of the kid’s lunches during the school week. School lunches are still free, but on most days, they prefer to bring their lunches from home.
Dinner: Now that school is in session and our weekday schedule is cemented, I’m using one weekend morning to do some baking/side dish meal prep, and Monday afternoons after school/work to prep the CSA box goodies. As the price of groceries goes up, I find myself buying less meat, relying more on sale/clearance prices, and repurposing leftovers.
Monday: Dream Dinners Jambalaya (no shrimp for me), roasted veggies
Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner (bagels, fresh fruit salad, protein shakes)
Wednesday: Loaded Smashed Potatoes – we didn’t have them last week, Salad
Thursday: Chef Salad, garlic cheese toast
- Friday: Takeout night!
- Saturday: Leftovers
- Sunday: Dream Dinners Central Park Chicken with Creamed Peas, fruit salad