07 May 2018

a (fairly healthy) meal plan for busy families

Confession: last week was not my best when it comes to meal prep. I lost my luster for standing over the stove, my creativity in the kitchen had full on died, and my kids ate boxed mac and cheese for two meals within three days. The other day in there was frozen pizza. I threw in some apple slices and a side of peas to balance out some of the guilt, but I literally could not think of one single thing to make besides peanut butter and jelly and we were out of bread. Not my finest.

So last night I committed to actually meal planning for the week and getting all of the supplies. And by "getting all of the supplies", I mean ordering them online and having someone else load them into my car. I thought I would share, since I feel like we might all be in the same boat with the end of the school year looming and spring sports in full swing. Bonus: two of them are crock pot meals, one goes in the instant pot (with a crock pot version if you haven't taken the leap yet), and one is a sheet pan meal where you just throw everything in the oven. Basically, I meal planned a bunch of dinners that don't require very much of my time, because I don't have much!

We've tried all of these meals before, and they've gone over well with almost the whole crew. Hope your family enjoys!

I do a quick stir fry of celery, carrots, and broccoli to add in once the chicken is done. Add a side of rice and you're good to go!

I love this one so much. We use soft taco sized tortillas, serve guacamole, salsa, and sour cream on the side. A bag of our favorite tortilla chips, and some black beans. 

Every time I make this, my entire family raves. They LOVE it. I just add a salad and bread and you've got a complete meal that takes no time. I'll add in oven fried potatoes if I have time, but it's great without!

Crock Pot French Dip
I have made these so many times and they are always a hit. Again, just add a salad and it's the perfect meal. Throw in a side of roasted veggies if you want to bulk it up. It's so tasty and easy and a huge crowd pleaser!

Also on the menu if we need another meal (I'll often to a "leftover buffet" if there is enough from previous nights), I've got gnocchi as back up. We buy it in mass quantities at Trader Joe's because my kids love it. Add some marinara and parm, another salad, and another loaf of bread, and everyone is happy. (Salad and bread abound here.)

So, there's our week! Hope that's helpful for all of you trying to get food on the table for your own crew of crazies. What's on your menu this week?

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