I’m holding blissful optimism that meal planning is something I will stick with (although let’s be honest… I don’t stick to a lot). I need a way to feel less overwhelmed when it comes to grocery shopping and dinner time. I’m over the 6:00 question, “What sounds good for dinner?” then the 15 min waiting around for someone to answer… and at that point, it’s almost bath and bed time so now it has to be a super fast dinner, and why not just PB& J again, or chicken nuggets, or cereal. (I know, bad mom.)
Another problem I have, nearly every time I go to the store… I don’t know what’s at home in our cupboard or freezer and either buy the same thing over and over, or miss out on major ingredients for a meal. Almost always.
So for this meal planning, I began by taking a pad of paper into the kitchen and wrote down EVERYTHING we have. Cupboard, refrigerator, freezer, garage freezer. I was horrified to find how many boxes of macaroni and cheese and frozen arm roasts we really have, but it was information I needed to know. Then off to my Pinterest board of food and planning I went. I began with 2 weeks (mostly because getting to the grocery store with 2 little ones in tow is an impracticality), so one my first notebook page, I divided it into 2 columns, labels Mon-Sun and started filling in. (Keep in mind, these meals were planned with a 4 year old and 1 year old in mind – plus a husband at dinner time.)
Healthy (& Flourless) Muffin Recipe
2 1/2 cups Old Fashion Oats
1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Stevia (or other sweetner)
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 cup Diced Dry Fruit
*Tip: Use foil liners to avoid extra sticking.
Heat oven to 400 degrees, divide batter into cupcake liners and bake for 20-25 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean)
Sweet Potato Fries
Cut 1 sweet potato into strips
Coat strips in olive oil
Lay out on cookie sheet (use parchment paper for easier clean up)
Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar
Bake at 400 degrees to 10 min. FLIP, sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar, bake 10 min.
Crock Pot Pulled Chicken
4 Chicken Breasts
1 Container of BBQ sauce
1/2 can Cherry Coke
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
Cook in the crock pot about 5 hours. Shred chicken, and cook 30 more min.
The best part of this 2 week plan, my grocery list was surprisingly short! (Bonus: we might actually use all of that stuff that’s been in our cupboards and freezers for who knows how long.) Our total at Target for 2 weeks of meals (minus the food we already had): $54! That’s the kind of motivation I need to continue doing this!
What’s your favorite recipe?
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