Sad story, bro: I wrote a draft last night and didn’t hit publish, because I wasn’t quite finished with the final links…and none- of- it- saved. (Enter crying emoji here. …Can I use emojis in WordPress? …Can I use emojis on a laptop? Remind me to research this at a later date.)
Can I also tell you the whole truth? I didn’t make a single meal that was on my menu for last week. Wanna know why? Last week felt chaotic–and flexibility is key with a newborn. And this week…I’m 1 for 3. BUT I have faith that as long as I keep planning and purchasing the ingredients I need for what’s on the menu, eventually I’ll get to a place where I can actually focus on the intended meal.
What’s your experience with cooking after having a baby? Did you find yourself eating healthier? Could you follow a menu or meal plan?–or did everything feel like you were flying by the seat of your pants every night? I’d love to hear what you think and how you tackled family meal times. ♥
Disclaimer: To those of you who know me, this may come as a surprise to see that I’ve written an entry on the blog about meal planning. Please know that my intent is to share weekly meal plans of the most simplistic “easy-to-throw-together-and-have-leftovers-for-the-next-day’s-lunch” type of meals. Basically, I’m just sharing with you what our family is eating to give you a fresh idea for your family’s menu. I hope to have the next week’s menu posted by Wednesday each week, so you can prepare for the grocery store, if needed. ALSO: I plan 5 meals a week. That leaves one night for leftovers and one night for dining with family/outside of the home. The majority of the meals you will see are not super healthy…and none of them are conscious of gluten, dairy, or other allergies that are so prevalent; however, if you would be willing to leave a comment on how you’ve tweaked the recipes to make them more “diet friendly” or “dairy/egg/gluten free” or even just better overall (I’m not a chef and I won’t be offended), we would LOVE your input.
Mama Mary’s “Homemade” Pizzas
Chili (we pair this with a cornbread mix that happens to be gluten free and delicious)
Chili Dogs (I feel like this is self explanatory, but: Prepare hotdog, then cover with leftover chili and cheese. Have a salad on the side so you’re having something that your body will thank you for.)
Chicken Salad Sandwiches (I linked my latest favorite. I had it for lunches regularly when I was following Weight Watchers. ♥)
Baked Burritos (If you don’t bake them, they can be prepared in bulk, SaranWrapped, frozen, and microwaved for later consumption.)
Breakfast (This is my husband’s night to shine in the kitchen! He makes scrambled eggs and biscuits and gravy…and it’s so amazing. –Oh, one more thing: We use Pillsbury frozen biscuits. They are the closest to the taste of homemade we’ve found…minus the effort.)
Sloppy Johns (Okay, so it’s Sloppy Joes…but my daughter has always called them Sloppy Johns…so that’s what we call them. Also, I’ve attached Dad’s recipe, as told by Dad.)
Tater Tot Casserole (I linked a recipe in another blog…Is that even legal?! Am I going to get arrested?! …I’m only half kidding. But I haven’t tried this recipe yet, so I’m not sure what adjustments I’ll want to make. If you try it before I do, let me know what worked and what you changed!)
Burgers (with a side of broccoli...nomnomnom)
*Note: My husband typed the recipes he uses for the gravy and the burgers…that’s why the wording and format is a little different than mine. …I talk and carry on…and he’s very to-the-point.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Pasta in Olive Oil (You will want garlic bread and salad to pair with this. …Are you aware that you can buy OLIVE GARDEN dressing?! It is HEAVENLY.)
Chicken Noodle Casserole (I love to serve this with corn and blueberry muffins. SO GOOD.)
Jambalaya (If you are feeding kids or someone who gets heartburn easily, you might want to give them a head’s up before eating this. It’s got a bit of a kick.)