This has been a crazy summer. My ex has been going through some things, so I have had the kids full-time. This is awesome but expensive, and it has thrown a lot of my routines out of whack.The kids want to be entertained all the time and fed every single day! And the boy has continued the growth spurt that started last summer pretty much unabated, so the feeding is not a trivial thing. The girl has been doing a lot of cheerleading practice and other general exercising, so she is pretty hungry, too. Add on top of that a really challenging work schedule and the fact my dad has been in the hospital for over a week now, and you can see why I am going a bit crazy. (My dad has an infection in his leg; he is getting better, it is just taking a long time to heal, and we are trying to visit as much as we can so he doesn’t feel so lonely in there.)
We have been eating at home mostly still, but without a plan. I have been getting easy food–Italian sausages, buns, arborio rice for risotto, pasta, jarred marinara sauce, eggs, and stuff like that–and throwing meals together quickly. It has been fine and we haven’t starved or completely drained my checking account, but it has been very boring. I need to try to get a good routine in anyway with school starting in just over two weeks, so I decided it was time to get back to planning today. I headed out to my Recipes to Try board on Pinterest for inspiration and threw together a pretty good plan.
Sunday: Snacks at the hospital and a late dinner at a friend’s house.
Monday: Scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, fruit
Tuesday: Ground turkey with Potatoes and Peas, brown rice
Wednesday: The World’s Best Chicken (that’s what the recipe is called, I am making no claims, ), sun-dried tomato risotto, steamed green beans
Thursday: Jamaican Red Beans and Rice, steamed broccoli
Friday: Chicken Palava, brown rice
Saturday: Kielbasa and cabbage, ginger glazed baby carrots
There are a lot of new recipes on the menu this week, because I am so bored with what we have been eating.I have actually done the ground turkey with potatoes and peas before, but my daughter is making it tonight; when I made it, I just used the recipe as a guideline and I added some different spices, so it will be different this time. As long as it is done when I get home so we can eat and run out to the hospital, I am sure it will be fine.
Which reminds me, what kinds of things do you do when you are running around with little time for cooking? I would love to use the crockpot more, but they are no longer designed for working people–I am gone way longer than 6 or even 8 hours when I go into the office. Do you cook ahead? Or have some good suggestions for fast, but still healthy meals? Please share!
As always, this post will be linked to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com–lots more ideas over there!