Family Dinners are a Struggle for Busy Moms So….Let’s Party! #mealplanning

Family Dinners are a Struggle for Busy Moms So….Let’s Party! #mealplanning

I don’t know about you – but I find it extremely challenging to get dinner cooked, served, and eaten during the week.

My first obstacle is finding something that includes vegetables  is relatively healthy AND that my family will eat nothing green for my son.  But on top of the – he only eats white food issue – I am bored with the 4 or 5 recipes that are my ole’ faithfuls and although I try to shake things up every once in awhile I am seriously in need of some inspiration.

Inspiration within certain boundaries though…

  • Must be affordable,
  • I must have the ingredients available, and
  • It can be cooked and eaten in a minimal amount of time.

Add all of those up and what do you get?   Lately it’s been the $2 Meal Deal from Taco Bell

Considering I don’t want my kids to turn into  a 5 Layer Burrito fast food junkies, I need to find a better solution.

But let me whine a little, here is tonight’s schedule:

  1. Kids get home from school at 4pm.
  2. T has soccer practice from 5 to 6 (have to leave at 4:35 to get there on time).
  3. J has soccer practice from 5:30 to 7 (also 20min away).
  4. T’s cub scout group is coming to our house for the Den meeting 6:30 to 8.
  5. Theoretically I should leave my house at 6:10 to make it to a movie screening from 7 to 9.
  6. Kids go to bed at 8.

When exactly are we supposed to fit in dinner?

I suppose the 4 to 4:35 slot, but that won’t work unless I have dinner already made and ready to go (or ready to be microwaved from Sunday’s dinner).   But based on my experience with my laziness lack of preparation, this is a highly unlikely scenario.  I’m hoping that meal planning will help with this and that’s also where the party comes in.  :)

Meal Planning

I was recently invited to be a panelist for an upcoming twitter party discussing the topic of meal planning.  Considering my challenges in this area, it seemed like a perfect fit!  I can definitely learn from the party participants and can add to the conversation about the obstacles we need to overcome and the benefits of planning ahead.

Plus, the host of the party – The Organized Cook ™ – is offering some great prizes to participants that have RSVP’d, including:

I was compensated for being a panelist with a bit of cash, but also with a year membership to the  The Organized Cook™ Weekly Meal Plan.   I received my first meal plan email yesterday and was blown away by the pictures, the recipes, and the MONEY to be saved by using this system.  Seriously – this is a professional and helpful product.  I am really looking forward to trying it out.

As an example, this week’s menu includes:

  • Lemon Pepper Pork Chops with Rice Pilaf & Vegetable Sauté
  • Swedish Meatballs, Spinach Pasta with Tomatoes & Buttery Garlic Rolls
  • Pork Fried Rice with Thai Shrimp Pizza & Crisp Asian Cucumber Salad
  • Hot Meatball Sub Sandwiches & Green Onion Garlic Chips
  • Shrimp with Penne Pasta & Garlicky Garlic Bread

Yum!  I think all of my family will find something to try in at least a couple of these recipes, plus I like to encourage them to try new things and expand their palates.

I hope you can join us for the party!  It is this Thursday, October 6, 8pm to 9pm MST.  To make sure you are eligible for the prizes, please RSVP to the party.

And definitely tune in on twitter!  The hashtag is #mealplanning.

8 Responses to Family Dinners are a Struggle for Busy Moms So….Let’s Party! #mealplanning

  1. Thanks Barb! I was very impressed with the first week’s program – the materials, the aesthetics, plus the help of taking away all those choices for me! Phew – don’t have to think about what I feel like cooking today… or for this week even!

  2. I have a feeling that we are going to start running into this same situation. With one child in Elementary and another with a whole new schedule in Middle School – it’s gonna get nutty. I’m excited to get to know this program more!

    • Three kids and only two parents – add in multiple activities and it makes sense to get friendly with other parents on the team or bribe your Mother in Law to help out :)

  3. […] I am completely bummed that I wasn’t able to preview the new Hugh Jackman movie that is coming out this Friday.  I had tickets, my +1 girlfriend that was going to see it with me, was hydrated for full drooling over Hugh Jackman potential…….and then I got an email from the cub scout leader taking me up on my offer to use our house for the den meeting on Monday night,   With soccer practices for two kids plus cub scout hosting, there it simply wasn’t possible to fit another thing into our busy schedules. […]

  4. Can’t wait for the twitter party #mealplanning. Just got out my crockpot after one too many trips thru the drivethru and guilt! :o) Gotta get a handle on the feeding thing! Lol – 3 hungry, sctive boys + hubz too! Lots going on in the Hawks Nest – help!?!?!! :)

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