Every Sunday night or Monday morning I sit down to come up with my dinners for the week. I find it so helpful for several reasons:
- I only have to hit up the store once a week- this is really for my own sanity because my boys really like to get on each others nerves at the store which in turn makes shopping unpleasant for me.
- I don’t have to think. You are much more likely to order take out or whip something up that isn’t necessarily a healthier choice if you have to scramble during the week after the busy day. I find it helpful to know what i’m making and knowing that I have it all on hand and ready to go.
- I can keep the variety up. If I sit down and search some of my favorite food blogs for ideas I can keep things “fresh” and not get stuck in a rut of the same handful of meals.
- By having a list of meals, you can easily put together your grocery list so you don’t forget anything.
Of course there is still breakfast and lunch…. I have a few staples I goto for myself… salads, sliced turkey, avocados, fruits, whole grain/multi grain bread. Breakfast I am super simple with fruit and oatmeal, a yogurt with a piece of fruit, toast with natural peanut butter & a little of grandmas jam.
For the boys… I always have on hand some whole grain breaded chicken chunks, organic hot dogs, organic mac & cheese, broccoli, tons of fruit, they love shrimp and anything pasta. They’ll also have leftovers from the previous nights diner.
Heres what I’ve got planned for this week….
(yes, a lot of chicken but they vary so much there is no getting bored)
Monday: Mexican stuffed potato (ground chicken, black beans, corn, tomatoes, lettuce & Greek yogurt cilantro cream)
Tuesday: chicken, onions & peppers kabob with pineapple brown rice
Wednesday: talian style stuffed cabbage (cabbage, ground chicken, ricotta, mozzarella- sauce, baked)
Thursday: braised chicken with artichoke hearts & olives
Friday: leftover night
So go ahead, browse through my blog, other blogs or foodie sites, pick some things that look good and prep for the week, the organization is really helpful!