Meal Planning – Is a Pain-free Week Possible?

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Last week, I whined and moaned about a bad head cold and a sore back. This week? Yeah, I’ve got some new ailments to report.

On Friday we went to our homeschool park day. I spied some kids being a little too wild on the play structure where FishChick 2 was playing so I started to bolt toward her, hopefully to whisk her to safety. Unfortunately, Little Speed Demon on Training Wheels came out of nowhere!

I have no idea where he came from, and like an awkward, animated cartoon figure, I flopped over him to land with my chin and throat on the pavement.* Needless to say, it brought back all kinds of flashbacks of my sophomore year in college when I flew over the handlebars of my own bike and landed the same way.

That time I broke my jaw, banged up a knee, and got stitches in my chin. This time, I banged up a knee and got four stiches in my chin. And the slit is in the exact place as it was 19 years ago. Weird.

I am soooooo very thankful that I did not break my jaw. This experience brought back 52 kinds of unhappy memories, including the five-week liquid diet. I know I want to lose weight, but not that much. Sheesh.

(For the brave of heart, there are photos on my Facebook page.)

The only thing that went according to plan on Friday was my meal plan! ‘Member I had said we were going to have Costco pizza? Well, Costco is right around the corner from our medical group. Whoohoo! All was not lost. I must confess, I took a little pride in that fact that at least dinner was not tanked.

This week, I’m hoping for quick healing, less pain, and hopefully, some good eats.

ChiChi’s Salad

Here’s the plan, subject to change, of course:

10. Lawnmower Taco, Green Salad
11. Pepper Steak, Rice, Salad
12. Pancakes, Turkey Sausage, Fruit
13. Pasta with Red Sauce, Roast CSAVeggies (TBD), Salad
14. Baked Chicken, Quinoa Pilaf, Veggies, Cornbread
15. Pizza Night, ChiChi’s Salad
16. Burgers, Veggies and Dip, Fruit Plate

Some tips for Pain-free Meal Planning

How do you make meal planning pain-free?

* The biker involved in this incident rode off into the sunset without a scratch.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. MH in OH says

    Oh my goodness! Hope you’re on the mend and feeling MUCH better soon!

  2. Oh man…looks like it hurts. Feel better fast!

  3. AllieZirkle says

    Thank you Lord for Costco 🙂

  4. So glad that your jaw is intact and that dinner did not get scuttled.
    Hoping for fast healing!

  5. So sorry you were hurt. I hope FishChick 2 came to your rescue! I have found that having anything–even one thing–in the freezer helps with meal planning especially on those occasions when things do not go as expected. I broke my toe last year (ran it into a chair big time!), and had to clomp around in one of those special shoes for six weeks. It would have been nice to have had some back-up meals or components to meals ready. Also, your meal plans give me so many great ideas. Thanks! Hope you will be better soon!

  6. Oh no! You poor thing. I hope you’re feeling better soon.

  7. Praying for your healing, FishMama!

  8. Fishmama, Take care and get better soon 🙂

  9. Bummer! 🙁 Glad it wasn’t worse and hope you heal quickly!

  10. So so so sorry.

  11. oh my!! I hope you are feeling better! That is horrible!

    I plan menus 2 weeks at a time, and grocery shop once for the bulk of it then another small trip for week 2’s produce and what ever else we ran out of. I find that having meat cooked already is most helpful to me. I always try to have shredded chicken and shredded beef already cooked in the freezer, my biggest deterent when making dinner is dealing with the chicken or whatever meat before I even start the actual meal (and I’m so darn picky w/ cutting every little thing off of my chicken that it takes me FORever!!! ) So having it pre cooked and cut up into cubes/shredded really helps me out during the week! And just keeping the menus from previous weeks so I can pick a few of our favorites to add to the new menu!

  12. Hang in there!!!! Wishing you a speedy recovery!!!

  13. Mrs. R. says

    Oh, WOW……I’m gonna ask the Lord to heal you up as soon as possible!!!!! I’m so frustrated FOR you that you’rehaving to go through this —especially a-g-a-i-n.

  14. Mmmmmmmmmm…. lawnmower tacos sound good to me right now! Maybe I’ll put that on my menu soon.

    I hope you’ll stop by and visit me over at Free 2 Be Frugal sometime.

  15. Oh no! That sounds terrible. Did you have to bring all of your kids along to get stitches?

    • Jessica Fisher says

      @Lucky, no, thank heavens. We were at the park with friends. One took me to the doc while another watched my kids until hubs came to get them. He took them home and then came and got me. (Our 13yo can babysit now.)

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