Last Sunday I spent a couple of hours in the kitchen pre-prepping as much of the week’s food as possible. I was on a mission to make meal prep as quick and painless as possible. I chopped veggies, browned meat, made rice, mixed spices, and did all sorts of things to make life easier.
And you know what? It worked! Not only did I save food prep time, but I also saved clean-up time. I only made a big kitchen mess once (on Sunday), so clean-up during the week was pretty painless.
I thought I’d try that again this week. But when I was leaving church this morning, I realized the emergency brake in the truck was stuck… in the ON position. So we spent time dealing with that. Lunch was late. I was totally distracted. It took forever to get my menu plan and shopping list together. We didn’t get home from the grocery store until 6:00. Then dinner, shower, tucking in kiddo, and some design work and blogging. I never made it into the kitchen to do prep work.
I was actually a little depressed by how UN-productive today seemed in comparison to last Sunday. But you know what? I’m not letting that get to me. I don’t like to play the comparison game. Each week is different. Each week has challenges and victories. Yes, I might spend a little more time in the kitchen this week. But that’s okay.
Fortunately I do have a menu plan ready. Honestly, that’s the biggest part of the battle. I also picked a couple of Crock Pot soup recipes (yay for Fall!!), so that will cut down a lot of the dinner hour stress too. I think that the week’s looking pretty good. Here’s our plan. (Notice how many times the word EASY appears on this list!)
:: Breakfasts ::
:: Lunches ::
Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks, Apple Slices
Mini Bagel Pizzas
Hot Dogs with Homemade Chili Sauce, Fresh Veggie Plate
:: Dinners ::
If you’re looking for some general menu planning inspiration, stop by Menu Plan Monday hosted by I’m an Organizing Junkie.