This year I am working a tad more, I have four kids in school, two children on a soccer team, one child playing fall baseball, and one child in ballet. My husband is a busy pastor which sometimes gives us an unpredictable schedule.
When it comes to dinner time I need to be prepared or else I will up like the Michelin Man from eating too many delivery pizzas. Really. I love delivery pizza. My meal planning saves me from too much melted cheese and crust dunked in butter sauce.
For the fall, I am working with this organizational plan for my family dinners.
My personal breakfasts will be protein shakes or eggs (my husband is sweet to make eggs for me in the morning) and my lunches will be spinach salads with a small amount of grilled chicken.
The Dinner Plan:
Sunday/Mondays: After church style meals with enough leftovers for Monday nights. We will have ballet on Monday nights in the fall right around our normal dinner time at 6o’clock on the dot so leftovers will be helpful.
I will rotate between:
Prime Rib or Pot Roast
Fried Chicken with all the fixings for my Kentucky husband
Beef Tortellini Soup
You all… this gives me a six week rotation for Sunday and Monday dinners.
Tuesday/Wednesday: Taco Nights and Leftovers
Every Tuesday I will toss enough taco meal meat into the slow cooker to have enough to eat on Wednesday night. We have soccer on Tuesdays and Wednesday nights are free so I will be looking forward to a hump day leftover night break. I will rotate between:
Chicken Tacos and Chicken Quesadilla Leftovers
Beef Tacos and Layered Taco Bake Leftovers
Pork Carnitas and Rice Bowl Leftovers
Ranch Chicken Chili and Leftovers
This gives me a monthly taco night and leftover rotation for four weeks.
Thursday/Friday: Our Thursday and Friday nights will be a mixture of grilling nights and oven baked nights. I know we will have soccer and baseball on Thursday nights so I will need to get whatever we have cooking by 430pm. On the agenda for the fall:
Red Pepper, Garlic, and Lemony Chicken
Wicked Good Salmon
Ranch Flavored Salmon
Garlic Grilled Ribeyes
Smoked Tomato Mozzarella Ribeyes
Korean Style Ribs
Memphis Style Ribs
Adobo Chicken Thighs
Honey Balsamic Chicken
Citrus Balsamic and Basil Chicken
Chicken Scampi with Pasta with Leftovers Friday
Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce with Leftovers Friday
Apple and Bourbon Chicken Sausages (kids will probably eat hot dogs).
Saturday Nights: For the fall, we will have baseball games so I am going to try Sandwich Night and rotate through the following:
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
Taziki Style Chicken in a Pita Pocket
And this is the plan that will save me and my waistline from too much melted cheese and pizza crusts dunked in butter sauce.
Having a meals in your freezer is not about having a complete meal that is all ready to go. Meal planning is simply having an organized plan to save money and hopefully eat less melted cheese.
Wishing you the best this back to school season,