Meal Planning Despite the Busyness

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Shrimp Tacos

I’ve been reading how some people revel in their busy-ness, almost brag about it. I am not in that camp. I love having nothing to do. I’d much rather have a cleared calendar than a full one.

However, that’s not my season of life. While I like to keep it as trim as possible, there are still things to do and places to go, especially when you have a large family. On our plate this week: hockey practices and opening day of the spring hockey season.

Though the very thought of the busy-ness tires me, I know that it’s in my best interests to make sure I have a meal plan for the week. Since I’m eating a strict diet right now (about 2 more weeks to go), it’s all that more important that I plan. There really aren’t too many choices for eating out. It’s easier to eat at home right now. Cheaper, too, me thinks.

So, here’s the dinner plan for next week:

  • Grilled Chicken, Salad, Rice for the Fam
  • Pasta with Red Sauce, Salad, Garlic Bread (I’ll have a large salad with leftover chicken.)
  • Shrimp Tacos (I’ll use lettuce leaves for tortillas or have my shrimp on salad.)
  • Texas Chili, Cornbread, Toppings
  • Pizza Night (I’ll have leftovers)
  • Grilled Fish, Steamed Vegetables, Potatoes
  • Date night for the parents/Quesadillas for the kids

What’s on YOUR meal plan this week?

Check out Menu Plan Monday for even more meal planning ideas.

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  1. I think it’s even more important to meal plan when you are busy! It saves us from stopping at the local Mexican restaraunt. We are having some family favorites this week as well as some new recipes this week! I’m looking forward to a fun week in the kitchen!

  2. Harriet says:

    With Hubs feeling poorly on his new chemo regime, we will eat at home regardless of schedule. I have made about 10 freezer meals. We had one tonight just so I didn’t have to cook on my last night before the busy work week. Tomorrow night we will be having Baked Spaghetti that I thawed today. From that point on, I will let the family chose from the freezer what they want for the next night’s meal. The bottomless pit eats better when he has chosen what to have (he is 12). Since I have the meals already prepared and frozen, then I know it will be something we all will like.
    I am off this Friday so I hope to prepare some more meals for the freezer that day. It sure helps when the work week gets so busy and I come home exhausted.

  3. I’m recovering from moderate surgery I had 10 days ago, and I am so grateful that we put 3 weeks worth of dinners in the freezer and two weeks worth of breakfasts and lunches in my desk at work. My husband has a separate diet so he’s fine fixing his own meals, but it’s such a blessing to be able to have healthy, tasty meals ready for me when I get home from work. Actually, I’m drowning in good food right now. My 3 weeks of meals may stretch to four. On the schedule this week:
    Mexican lasagna
    veggie sandwiches with soup
    millet and squash curried casserole
    veggie fajitas
    cuban black beans, brown rice and sweet potatoes
    refried bean and rice burrito
    curried lentil soup

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