In an effort to be a whole lot more organized this year, and because everyone is always posting what delicious food they make, here is what I have been serving my family for the past week. I also envision this being a detailed account of how I fail miserably at meal planning when life gets too busy. But hey, it’s real life. Speaking of real life, I am not and never will be a food blogger. If I ever were to post food pictures for you, I apologize in advance for how awful they are.
- Sunday: Given the fact that I worked until 1 PM, Connor did not come home until 8 PM, and Jim and I spent the afternoon ripping out the rest of the carpet in the house, I kept dinner easy tonight. Tacos made with Rick Bayless’ seasoning sauce and refried beans. The kids were not a fan of this “grown-up” version of tacos, but Jim and I certainly did.
- Monday: Band and dance make this a night where we all eat at different times. I took yesterday’s leftover seasoned meat and added it to brown rice for a quick and easy burrito bowl that the kids could easily reheat when they got home. It was not fancy or pretty, but it got the job done without complaints.
- Tuesday: The kids were both out tonight. Connor had cross-country and pep band, while Holly had dance. We intended to hit the grocery store but got caught up with work and at the dance studio, so Jim and I had a quick dinner at Noodles and Company before we had to pick up Holly. It did the job.
- Wednesday: Our one night at home resulted in a nice salad with grilled chicken for Jim and me. The kids got macaroni and cheese. I had to break up their cereal consumption somehow, and I still need to hit the grocery store in earnest.
- Thursday: Another weeknight and another night where the kids are at different activities, although those activities really do not change at this time of year. We ended up finishing up the last of the leftovers. I am sensing a theme here.
- Friday: Normally, I would not cook on Fridays. However, not only was I too tired to go out after getting home, I was feeling a little guilty for not cooking or even going to the grocery store this past week. I was able to scrounge up the fixings for a basic spaghetti and marinara dinner. Simple, easy, and not an ounce left after Connor got home.
- Saturday: Today was one of those days where we had so much going on and not enough drivers to get everyone to where they needed to be. I did hit the grocery store and had every intention of cooking tonight because my brother-in-law is visiting this week. However, due to some weird flight issues, by the time Jim came home with his brother in tow, heading out for dinner was amenable to everyone. Yay!
What was for dinner at your house this week?
You’re all so busy during the week, I can’t imagine how difficult it is to plan dinners! I know there will come a time in life when I’ll have to go through the same thing, but thankfully the only night of the week where I struggle is Wednesdays, because of dance class. And lately, Wendy’s drive thru has been the solution. Not too healthy, but oh well.
I haven’t tried any new fun recipes recently, but I pinned a few this week I want to try. One is the casserole you posted about last week! I need some new meals in the rotation, because I’m so bored with our normal routine.
Wendy’s works! We tend to hit Culver’s often, but cereal seems to be our main go-to dinner when we are too tired to put forth the effort of cooking. It is not the greatest, but sometimes it is the best option.
Good luck experimenting! I try to bring in one new meal each week, if only because I get really bored cooking the same things all the time.