You know the craziest times are the day are both the morning school time rush and dinner time. Dinner time unless you are organised is
Dinner time unless you are organised is arsenic or witching hour. The kids and babies are cranky they just want to eat shower and fall into bed; much like mum understandbly. In most families there is husband to help but in ours there is just me, so we have a meal plan. It makes the major meal (dinner) so much easier. There is less stress,
In most families there is husband to help but in ours there is just me, so we have a meal plan. It makes the major meal (dinner) so much easier. There is less stress, its cost effective and budget friendly and the kids can get involved. You can plan as far in advance as you like, me I do it every Tuesday night just for the week. This is just the night before I do the family shop and I only spend a short amount of time (15mins) deciding what to cook. I take into consideration the days events ie the boys have swimming Thursdays so it has to be quick and on Mondays when husband is home he has volunteer fire brigade so we eat even earlier, my dinner choices are reflective of this but I’m always flexible you have to be.
I don’t specifically have a meal planner as I have a family planner that I have parked in the kitchen (its a pen paper thing..I love the romance of pen and paper) but there are plenty of good ones you can down load off the net. I also start the prep of dinner early in the morning when the boys are still in bed and finish it off just before dinner. My dinner plans fairly much run like this:
Monday- pasta night.
Tuesday- we have take away (I’m guilty to that)
Wednesday- meat and veges
Thursday- rice dish with meat and vege of some sort.
Friday- Pizza (homemade) with salad’s
Saturday- leftovers who wants to cook on a Saturday night.
Sunday- meat and vege.
When I shop I stick to the list and I shop bulk at the food wholesalers (although this is not always the cheaper option). I’m yet to try online as this has only just come to our area but I think that in doing that you can budget better, and I like to keep my meals simple with lots of fresh veg. I grow what veg I can and when I can will by direct from the farmers; I am so fortunate to live in a farming area. I also avoid shopping with the boys and when I’m hungry…otherwise I have a tendency to buy what I feel like for lunch. Well my friends I hope thats helpful