Food: Meal Planning 101
I really want to get organized with our schedules. I am hoping to get organized on Sunday by organizing all clothes for the week, making all lunches the night before, dinner preparation in the freezer, homework, bedtime and then hit REPEAT!!!
Shopping for Groceries
I have organized in my mind that freezing meals will save money and prevent weekly trips to the grocery store. Also I am going to try grocery delivery to save time and preserve my weekend. The Giant supermarket offers PEAPOD, which allows you to order online and schedule delivery time and day. I tried them about 3 years ago and the I was very pleased with the service. The delivery was on time, driver was professional and I was very impressed with the quality of the food.
- Grocery delivery through PEAPOD, easy you shop online, schedule delivery and driver shows and unloads. If you have a shopper card you can automatically link to your account. The site is set up where you can save and can come back to finish your order.
- Freezing meals to cover Sunday to Thursday, Friday and Saturday is potluck
I am all about budgeting and buying their lunch is allowed one day a week. After having my 8 year old buy lunch for 2 weeks what started out as $15.00 per week actually cost me $40.00 for two weeks.
The kids were tasked with writing down their lunch preferences so I know what to include on the grocery list and they are more likely to be happy or at least I hope. I also told them they are to pick and prepare if possible dinner for Friday and Saturday night.
A few breakfast ideas
- Breakfast burritos (eggs, bacon(or turkey sausage), potatoes, whole wheat tortillas)-freezable
- Petite Quiches(eggs, bacon(or turkey sausage), cheese, freezable
- Frittata (spinach, tomatoes, cheese) -slice and freeze
- Plain oatmeal with fruit, cinnamon, brown sugar
- Drinkable yogurts
- Frozen waffles/french toast sticks
I have a few challenges with lunch as I no longer buy cold cuts and the kids have no access to heat up their lunch. A thermos was never successful for me when my daughter took food in it. How many days can anyone eat a PB&J? I found the more buy-in the kids have with any meal planning the less likely they are to be unhappy. I’m finally going to buy a Pack-It lunch tote for my 8-year-old and the teen will brown bag it for high school. I asked the kids to come up with a lunch menu to make planning a little easier. The teen came up with fruits, vegetables, snacks and a sandwich. Just typical of the teen to not give details. The biggest challenge is my 3rd grader, she wants a variety however her palette is limited. She is not willing to try new things.
Here is one of the links I found on Pinterest. It is a great resource for ideas on building a lunch menu even for picky eaters.
Some ideas which will plan out for a few weeks worth of meals for dinner
- Tacos, Ground Turkey
- Salmon Croquettes
- Lasagna with ground turkey(I can sauté spinach and hide in the filling)
- Turkey Meatballs in marinara sauce
- Turkey Sliders
- Sloppy Joes with ground turkey(The Neely’s recipes is my favorite, Spenser’s Sloppy Joes)
I plan to use frozen veggies and a quick starch side dish to balance out every meal. My fingers are crossed that this will shave off a nice chunk of time from our evening and alleviate the stress of having a healthy dinner. Friday and Saturday will be the potluck and the kids get to plan those meals.