Meal Planning for Sanity
Hello there! I am Heather from over at My Organized Chaos. I am proud and humbled to be guest hosting for Censie. I hope you all love reading her blog as much as I do! Other than reading my fair share of blogs, I am a wife, mom to a (almost) 19 month old baby girl, teacher, friend, and lover of all things organized. I spend my days teaching high school math, playing with my girl, and loving my husband of just over 11 years.
I am very lucky to have a great partner in raising our daughter and help from family but when is comes to the day to day planning, I tend to get wrapped up in the details. Summer was a little vacation from everything – I had time to do anything that I wanted. As the school year approached, I got a little nervous about getting everything done in the evenings. J’s and my workouts, dinner, clean-up, bath/showers, cooking, organizing for the next day, and school work – it’s a LOT. I resolved to get meal planning under control.
I started with finding good recipes. Pinterest has been a fantastic resource. I have found a great deal of great recipes and ideas. I have also been souring the blogs that I currently read. I am a huge sucker for freezer and crock pot meals.
Here are my go tos:
Chicken Enchiladas – this is easy and makes several meals for us!
Four Cheese Stuffed Shells – easier than it looks and SOOOOOOO good!
Chilli – I use a recipe from the book 30 Meals in 1 Day
Meatloaf – my MIL’s recipe
While we don’t plan for each day we have a menu of meals that we pick for the week. We do leave one day open for eating out, picking up, or ordering in. This was a big step for us. We had gotten into a bad habit of ordering out 2-3 days a week. Other than expensive, it was not good for us! I spend a couple hours each weekend putting together what we need and pop them in the fridge or freezer. This allows us to pull something out in the morning and I can just stick it in the oven or crock pot, add a veggie, and dinner is served!
What are your go to meals?
Thank you for posting Heather! Please make sure you visit Heather's blog and leave me comments of what to cook! I NEED HELP!! :O)