Today she posted that she is taking a food challenge:
Jenny has a crazy drive to and from college each day and with just being a mom, wife, student, employee and more she doesn’t have time too cook. She is using this challenge to change that.
So I have to be like Jenny. I, like many of us, have crazy days. But I have found planning out my dinners 2 weeks in advance (more on this later) have helped me to put good food on the table. However, I have one area that I am not good at….Breakfast.
My breakfasts are fine, Whole wheat waffles, egg white omelets, Oatmeal, but the kids are not. Sugar filled cereal (like choc cheerios) , or I heat up frozen french toast sticks from a box. Then of course there’s the pop tarts and mini muffins from a bag.
So I am challenging myself! I am starting off small for March. At least 2 times a week I will make my kids a good breakfast. Nothing processed, preserved or packaged.
Now quickly about my dinners. I have every payday off, so that is the day I do my grocery shopping for 2 weeks. Thursday night, while watching Grey’s, I write out my menu:
|Sunday||Mac N Cheese, salad green beans|
|Tuesday||Chicken with goat cheese, brown rice and veg|
|Wednesday||Steak, sweet potatoes|
|Thursday||Fish, broccoli and cottage cheese|
|Sunday||Kabobs and salad|
|Tuesday||Meatloaf wax beans|
|Wednesday||Fish and Broccoli|
|Thursday||Chicken tenderloins, brown rice and corn|
I keep the list on the freezer door. tonight I looked at Monday and Tuesdays items. Leftovers for tomorrow – yes that is easy. Tuesday is chicken so I took the chicken out of the freezer. Monday night I will prep it, I will get as much done as possible so that David only needs to bake it on Tuesday afternoon. Basically I cook tonight for tomorrow. IT WORKS FOR US!
One benefit we also have is our garden, we collected so much food this summer we are still enjoying our bounty. but I am going to be out of beans and broccoli after this week. Still I have canned sauce from our tomatoes to put on pasta if we run into a jam and don’t have time to cook.
Since I am still losing weight, knowing what I am eating for dinner helps me to plan out the rest of the days food! Its all about being organized.
More to come later this week. I want to talk about my success at running from over the weekend. And we have updates from the kids…darn things are growing like weeds!
Have a great week!!