Don’t be afraid to spend all day in the kitchen.
Between meal planning, price matching and actually preparing a weeks worth of meals takes time and effort.
One of my new years resolutions was to only shop for groceries once every two weeks. It’s not impossible but I have now adapted that to include one small, teeny tiny in between shop for things like milk, bananas and eggs. Basics that I run out of in between.
Don’t get me wrong there were times this winter that Tim was away for days/weeks at a time and I had popcorn and red wine for dinner every chance I got. But with an organized work schedule this spring and a laid out meal plan I don’t have to stop at
the LCBO $obeys on my way home and I enjoy having everything prepared.
I try to plan 10-12 meals for a two week time span. Between Sunday Supper, leftovers and at least a meal (or two) at my parents or in-laws, I found that if I plan and prepared the full two weeks I always end up with too much food thawed and waiting to eat.
Once I figure out what meals I want, what I have and then what I need to buy I write out the meals on a calendar based on our schedules for the week(s).
To being preparing I start by thawing and/or cooking the bulk of my meat on the weekend so I can prepare Monday-Wednesday lunches and dinners easily. I then tend to schedule pre-made frozen casseroles or easy to make meals (tacos, fajitas, etc.) at the end of the week and limit my time in the kitchen on weeknights. That way when the mood strikes me to make brownies on a Wednesday night I’m not bogged down thinking about making lunches and dinner the next night.
While the meat is cooking I prepare whatever vegetables I have for salads, roasted or steamed vegetables and either cook them or put them in ready to go containers. This way I know our meals are heavy on the greens with minimal effort when the time actually comes to eat.
I’ve included 10 meal ideas just incase you
care want some inspiration!
- Chicken caesar salad
- Spaghetti and meatballs
- Chicken stir fry
- Tortellini soup
- Cabbage roll casserole
- Chicken and peppers (disassembled chicken fajitas)
- Steak, sweet potatoes and green beans
- Chicken and broccoli alfredo
- Macaroni and cheese
- Sausage and peppers
Most of these meals are exactly how you see them, nothing complicated. Then I serve them with a side of steamed vegetables or salad.
xoxo, Miss E