Tuesday, January 7, 2019
I like cooking! I really do! I don’t even mind the grocery shopping if I can do it early in the morning when it isn’t too crowded.
When I get really busy this month I may go back to grocery pick up, but they screwed up so royally last time that it took me about three times the amount of time in the waiting for my order, making a phone call about all of my missing items, going back to get rest of order, and losing the prep time to cook the dinner I had planned. I think I even had to buy take out that night! Who has time for that?
So, for the immediate future I plan on doing a very early Saturday or Sunday morning run. Here is where I struggle the most – the ideas! I simply forget what meals I have in my repertoire! Are you like that? I hope to make a comprehensive list of what I regularly make that I know my family of four will eat. Adapt this to your family as you see fit and if you only get one new idea then I hope this post will be helpful. This will serve as my list, too!
I have toyed with themes in the past: Monday pasta, Tuesday Tacos or Mexican, Wednesday chicken, Thursday fish, Friday pizza. I use routines in my classroom and here on the blog and think they can be helpful for meal planning, too!
*One of my goals for the year 2020 is less food waste. I plan to do a better job with making us eat leftovers or freezing them and maybe also buying less food at a time at the store.
These are all my own photos so don’t think they are stock photos just because of how professional they look, o.k.? Ha!
Sandwiches: (We will often have a sandwich meal on the weekend and I will serve these with soup, frozen fries, salad, broccoli)
BLTS or BLATS (add avocado – yum!)
Ham and Swiss on Hawaiian rolls
Bowls: (This is kind of a riff off of the Qdoba naked burrito)
Southwest bowl (go to Momfessionals for the yummy aioli she has but I do shortcuts using rotisserie chicken, frozen corn, frozen rice from Trader Joe’s) and add her aioli with guacamole, beans, cheese, salsa. Your family can make their own, too
Greek Bowl – rice, cucumbers, tomatoes, lemon juice, tzatziki sauce, olives, feta
Tacos, rice, beans
Quesadillas with side salad
Mexican lasagna (use tortillas instead of noodles and do a mixture of beans, corn, salsa, sour cream, chicken and cheese – so good!)
Taco Salad with Doritos
Spinach, cheddar, green apple, red onion, with oil and vinegar from Polka Dotty Place Blog (shown above – my husband and I love this! – you could add a protein
Buffalo Chicken Salad
Feta, Avocado, Cucumber, lemon juice salad from Lisa at Coast to Coast Blog
Italian: (garlic bread and ceasar pre made salad is easy)
Penne with turkey sausage and olive oil in photo above
Bacon Alfredo bake from Grace and Love Blog
Quiche and side salad
Roasted vegetables on sheet pan – baby carrots, onion, red potatoes and a rotisserie chicken
Chicken and Noodles
Baked Fish with cajun seasoning and panko bread crumbs
Pioneer Woman Perfect Salmon
Brats, macaroni and cheese and green beans
Ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, and rolls
Lunch for dinner (something you would typically make for lunch)
Breakfast for dinner (my family won’t do this!)
What are your go to meals or methods of meal planning and cooking?