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.
let me whine a little, here is tonight’s schedule:
- Kids get home from school at 4pm.
- T has soccer practice from 5 to 6 (have to leave at 4:35 to get there on time).
- J has soccer practice from 5:30 to 7 (also 20min away).
- T’s cub scout group is coming to our house for the Den meeting 6:30 to 8.
- Theoretically I should leave my house at 6:10 to make it to a movie screening from 7 to 9.
- 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.
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:
- $100 Gift Card for groceries!
- The Organized Cook™ Cookbook
- The Organized Cook™ Weekly Meal Plan
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.