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Home Management & Meal Times

Posted By Jessica Fisher On September 6, 2009 @ 10:08 pm In Meal Planning,Time Management | 6 Comments


I’m slowly learning that the bulk of my time is often spent in the kitchen. And not always with pleasure. I love to cook. But, cooking for nine can take its toll.

As a result, there has been at least one night a week in the past few weeks when we’ve resorted to take-out because the day had been crazy, and I was just too pooped to set one foot in the kitchen. With so much else to do, I knew my two hours of cooking and clean up could be better spent. But, obviously, making fast food a habit will not help us stay out of debt [5]. So, I’m hoping that my meal plan this week will be more of a success and that I will be so organized that the siren song of Panda Express [6] won’t even tempt me to veer off course.

Last week’s shortcuts were helpful, but I’m hoping to go a little farther. We’ll be moving by the end of this month, and so it would be good to have less food to move. Maybe I shouldn’t grocery shop this week? {Gasp.} Yes, it’s one of the highlights of my week, even if it falls on date night [7]. But, the food won’t be a good deal if on moving day it has a hard time transferring between House A and House B. With temps in the triple digits, it’s likely that “hard time” could = reality.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:
Monday - holiday, hubs is home
Crystal’s Lazy Granola [8], yogurt, and fresh fruit
free Chick Fil A [9]
Salsa Verde Beef Chili [10] (crockpot does the work)

Apples and Oatmeal [11]
Sandwiches, Veggies and Dip, Fresh Fruit
Pasta with Red Sauce [12], Cauliflower, Salad, Biscuits (make double pasta for Wed’s pasta salad)

cereal and fruit
Pasta Salad [13]
Grilled Tri-tip*, Cheesy Potatoes [14], Salad (FishPapa cooks the meat, other dishes can be made ahead)

Chocolate Chip Muffins* and Red Banana Smoothies [15]
Snacky Lunch [16]
Lasagna [17], Green Salad, Foccaccia*

Waffles [18] and Fruit
Sandwiches on Foccaccia, Veggies and Dip, Fresh Fruit
Pizza [19]

Pancakes [20]
Hot Dogs on Homemade Buns [21]
Beans and Rice [22]

For more menu planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [23].
recipes to follow for items with *

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[6] siren song of Panda Express: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/07/ingredients-for-fun-family-night-panda.html

[7] date night: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/09/grocery-geek-presents-date-night.html

[8] Crystal’s Lazy Granola: http://amysfinerthings.com/crystals-lazy-granola

[9] free Chick Fil A: http://www.chickenwave.com/

[10] Salsa Verde Beef Chili: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/08/salsa-verde-beef.html

[11] Apples and Oatmeal: http://foodwithkidappeal.blogspot.com/2009/01/apples-and-oatmeal.html

[12] Pasta with Red Sauce: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/03/urs-pasta.html

[13] Pasta Salad: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/diy-pasta-salad.html

[14] Cheesy Potatoes: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/10/cheesy-potatoes.html

[15] Red Banana Smoothies: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/red-banana.html

[16] Snacky Lunch: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/06/snacky-lunch-its-whats-on-menu.html

[17] Lasagna: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/01/recipe-swap-in-kitchen-with-kids.html

[18] Waffles: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/11/waffles.html

[19] Pizza: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/basic-homemade-pizza.html

[20] Pancakes: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/10/tgif-pancake-art.html

[21] Homemade Buns: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/homemade-hot-dog-buns.html

[22] Beans and Rice: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-beans-and-rice.html

[23] I’m an Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com/

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