Thankfully I was able to spend a few hours yesterday doing meal prep for this week, and I’ll be doing produce prep when our Yasukochi Family Farms CSA box arrives, which will be delivered this afternoon.
I went to the grocery store on Friday night and picked up some meat and black bean burgers, which I haven’t bought in a while, due to rising costs, but there were a few meals I wanted to make that we haven’t had in a while.
Most of the meal prep used ingredients that we already had on-hand.
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. 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. The big kid brings his lunch from home every day and the littlest buys her lunch at school about half the time. In California, all public schools provide breakfast and lunch for free.
Dinner: This week is packed as far as appointments, so I’m leaning on stuff that’s easy and tasty. I prepped fruits and veg over the weekend and made up the last Dream Dinner and portioned it into lunch-sized servings.
Monday: Veggie Tortellini Soup (The recipe will be posted this week), Cheese Toast, green salad
Tuesday: Black Bean Burger enchiladas, roasted veggies
Wednesday: Nuggets, fruit, crackers, and cheese (the typical Wednesday night dinner)
Thursday: Roasted Veggies, Meatballs, Rice or Noodles
- Friday: Takeout night!
- Saturday: Crockpot chili, biscuits
- Sunday: Leftovers