Saturday, February 25, 2012

Meal Planning

Before I go grocery shopping I TRY to plan out my meals for the week. Otherwise it seems as if I spend lots of money and according to my kids there is nothing to eat.

Pinterest has made it easier for me to get my hands on some really good, really easy recipes. If you haven't checked out Pinterest you've got to! My daughters and I are loving the ideas! From recipes to crafts, homeschooling sites, gardening, and much more!

I have busy days and I know many of you can relate. I've been working with my schedule and trying to cut some things out so that I'm not running so much, but with 8 kids still at home and a husband that works close to 70 hours a week, I'm going to be busy, period.

If I can make meal time go quicker and easier by having a plan, a menu for the week and all my ingredients, then I feel like I'm ahead of the game.

My recipes for this week -
Monday - Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas (picture above)
Tuesday - Easy Garlic Chicken with roasted cauliflower
Wednesday - Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Thursday - Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Friday - Homemade pizza and salad

I spend Sunday afternoons going over my schedule for the week. Monday will be busy with speech therapy, basketball practice and a basketball game later that evening. I'll put my enchiladas together Sunday night so all I need to do is put them in the oven after the game Monday evening. I try to get things ready the night before if I know my next day will be extra busy. I also love cooking with my crock pot so I can put meals together in the morning before my day gets too busy. Fix It and Forget It is a great crock pot recipe book.

I like to cook, but it can turn into something I have to force myself to do. There are times I'd rather call and order a pizza (well four for my house). I get tired at the thought of cooking dinner for 10 or 11 of us (20 yr old son stops by when he needs a homecooked meal) it's exhausting and night after night is a chore. I don't want preparing meals for my family to feel that way. Trying new recipes, having a menu plan, having my kids help in the kitchen are all ways that are helping me not dread this daily task.

How do you plan your meals for the week?

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