A while back I was asked how I plan and accomplish getting dinner on the table every night while caring for children and exercising as often as I do. I thought now would be a great time to touch on this topic since everyone has probably started their resolution of adding exercise to their daily life all while trying to juggle everything else that life throws their way.
First let me say, I always have a plan but do not beat myself up if that plan does not always happen. However, there are many factors that play into our weekly meal plan. Things like appointments, # of people eating that night, schedules, seasons, moods, weather, workout plans, coupons, etc.
Typically, I make my menu plan on Friday’s so I can take stock of the pantry and grocery shop for the needed supplies over the weekend. I always give myself Saturday off, where I prepare no meals at all for my family. This is the day I only cook for myself, someone cooks for me, or in the summer time you will usually find us sharing a meal on the tailgate of our truck after hours of kayaking,
a meal on top of a bluff,
There is no magic trick to getting a decent dinner on the table most nights. I use my time wisely, I prepare anything I possibly can ahead of time, we have many cooking projects that the kids I care for can help with, I use kitchen tools when time is tight (love the crock pot), and always clean and cut up veggies right after I buy them. That is one step I don’t need to worry about getting done during the week.
A normal week looks somewhat like:
Sunday: nice dinner could take anywhere from 30-45 minutes to prepare (workout day)
Monday: 30minute meal (workout night)
Tuesday: 30 minute meal ( workout night)
Wednesday: crock pot or casserole meal (playdate on Wednesday’s means something to set and forget or a casserole I premade in the morning is ideal) (workout night)
Thursday: 30 minute meal ( workout night)
Friday: easy fast 15 minute meal (who feels like cooking on Friday’s) (off no workout)
Saturday: off (workout, kayaking, hiking, tennis, etc)
I will start posting our weekly menu plan on Sunday’s so you can get a little look into how I manage meals, exercise, working, and life. Maybe this will help those of you who struggle to find balance when it comes to feeding your family and still finding time for you.
Here is this weeks plan:
Sunday: no boil lasagna and side salad
Monday: pork stir fry over rice medley
Tuesday: crunchy ground turkey hoisin pockets and roasted broccoli
Wednesday: roasted whole chicken in the crock pot, stuffing, and zucchini
Thursday: sushi and side salads
Friday: tuna casserole
Saturday: make it yourself or starve:)
If you see something that sounds good and you would like the recipe, comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to share it with you.