I’ve decided to start up a regular meal planning post on Sunday night. It will usually be a late post, as I don’t normally meal plan until kids are in bed and I’ve done what I need to do for the day. So, you know, probably 11pm 😉 .
I feel bad about my last sooky-la-la post . I have been thinking a lot about how I’ve been feeling, and what I need to do to turn this all around. Admittedly, 3 days away from the house, routine and the kids helped me relax, take some deep breaths, and get into the headspace I needed to be. Adelaide was fantastic, and I loved just walking around all day on my own, ducking into shops, stopping to look at buskers, and having a coffee whenever I wanted, without having to be here, there and everywhere all at once. I’m trying hard to stay in this positive headspace, and part of this is re-establising some sort of organisation around meal planning.
Now that I have 3 days of planned activities for Olivia, I’m out of the house a lot more, I need to have my meals planned so that I have the correct ingredients on hand and can quickly throw the meal together without staring blankly into the pantry or fridge wondering what to eat!
I like to write the meal plan out for the week so that the kids can see what to expect. There are no surprises when they get a bowl of vegetable soup etc. This way, they can see that there are days they will like what I’m cooking and days when they wont. I actually write mine out with pen and paper, I don’t know why, I find it easier than typing and saving it. I have a FREE meal plan printable here if you would like. I just file them away at the end of the week and pull them out later if I want to reuse them.
Another thing I have decided to start is online grocery shopping. This is a completely new thing for me, and I’ve only done 4 in total. So far, I have been very happy with the quality I have received, and best of all, I am saving money (I am a sucker for aisle marketing!) and not wasting my day getting to the shops, getting into the shops, shopping, loading onto the conveyer, loading back into the trolley, getting it home, unloading from the car, and puting it all away, with a toddler in tow. Now it gets delivered to my door, and sometimes even brought into my kitchen for me. All I have to do is put it away! So, meal planning has made this process a lot easier too. Here is my plan for the week:
Roast beef with potatoes (white and sweet) and carrots. Plus side salad
Ricotta and spinach cannelloni with napoli sauce and side salad
I base my choices on the time I will have to cook and which activities we have on after school. Sometimes I change the meal around last minute or make minor adjustments, but the meal is based on these basic ingredients. For example, I am toying with the idea of coating the chicken drumsticks in an almond meal and herb crumb and baking them, served with rice and steamed veg.
I have linked these ideas to online recipes (not mine) to give you an idea of what I’ll be doing, although I rarely follow recipes exactly, I use them for inspiration 🙂
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What are you cooking this week?
*disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist and I base my meals on what I feel is necessary for the health of my family. 🙂