Something that has been severely lacking since the (actually before) the babies were born is a meal plan for our house. It was hard in those early months when there were sporadic schedules and never knowing when I would even have a spare minute to pee, much less cook a whole meal. Now though, the babies are mostly predictable, and the kids are in a really good groove of helping so I really have no excuse for standing in the kitchen at 5pm having no idea what we are going to eat. We are all tired of sandwiches, and things thrown together at the last minute, and most of all, going to the store almost every single day.
So yesterday, I read the paper. I looked at the ads. Ed and I talked about which nights he would be home for dinner. And then I made a plan and dragged my butt up off the couch and went grocery shopping.
I had to bring the babies because Ed and Eddie were working in the yard, so the girls came along to help. I’d plugged my list in to my phone app and pretty much organized it by aisle. I had the babies in the stroller, and Hannah pushed a child sized cart while Caitlyn pushed the regular cart. Hannah would put the items I grabbed in to her cart and then deliver them to Cait’s main cart. It worked out pretty well, and while grocery shopping with more than one kid usually stresses me out, it wasn’t a bad way to spend our afternoon. I don’t know if it’s a plan I can stick to every Sunday, but it’s nice to know that it was doable. And best of all, we are 100% set with meal ingredients through Friday and should only need to pick up ancillary items like milk and bread. I feel like such a grown-up!
So! Here is what we are eating this week:
Sunday: Sweet and Sour Chicken
Monday: Hot turkey sandwiches with gravy and fries
Tuesday: Crockpot Beef and Broccoli
Wednesday: Smoked Sausage, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes
Thursday: Halloween. Take-out.
Friday: Italian Goulash
I feel so good about having it all planned out, and ready to go. It’s also all stuff that I can throw together during the day while I’m working and have ready whenever we decide to eat.
What are you eating this week?