Thursday, September 13, 2012

Meal Planning---Make Ahead or On the Fly?

So, this week's Fun Friday topic is feeding your family.  Kate posts Fun Friday topics every Friday and like always...I'm participating late.

Just in time for tomorrow's Fun Friday.

That's just how I roll...

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Kate is a local gal who was slammed about a year and a half ago when her preschooler went from healthy to cancer patient in 0 to 60.  Seriously, she was well, then she was sick.

Just like that.

Our community rose to the occasion and surrounded them with love and support.  Pink and purple ribbons/bows were everywhere!  (Still are.)  Go, Lucy Go still rings loud.  Read about Lucy.

It was a real pleasure to meet Kate last month when our little ones ended up at LeBonheur Rehab for therapy on the same day.  I could have talked to her for hours!  (Plus, we share the same birthday---isn't that crazy??  Although, I have several years on her.  shhhhh....)


Back to Fun Friday.  Feeding my family.  Much like my lack of organization, meal planning is not much fun nonexistent around here.  Having kids on the Autism spectrum makes it challenging.   One will only eat meat and the other will only eat cheese and bread in some form.  And sweets.

And before you say anything... This is not your normal small-child-refusing-to-eat-the-veggies.  So, please don't judge.  I'm all about picking the battles and after years of feeding therapy, well, I'd rather just get what I can into their bellies and supplement like crazy.

(In other words...if you don't live with Autism, you really have no idea.)

With that said, I just recently decided to ditch my 'dinner on the fly' approach and give meal planning a try.  I put all of our favorite meals down on paper (along with alternatives for the boys), worked out an ingredient list, checked the pantry, and made a plan.

Remember that unused planner I just posted about here?  It just became my new menu planner!

Going by what I already had on hand, I turned to September in my new menu planner and jotted down two weeks worth of meals.  Then, on Monday and Tuesday, I went shopping.

Tuesday night, I cooked.

And, when I say, I cooked, I mean....I COOKED.  

And let me just add...I do NOT enjoy cooking.  I like to bake, hate to cook.  I would much rather come into the kitchen after someone else has cooked a nice dinner and clean up the mess.


So, mega shopping and cooking for the freezer is a big deal.

My freezer is stocked with meals ready to go.   And snacks!  I made six dozen muffins! I made some of those canned pumpkin and spice cake mix muffins I saw on Pinterest....YUM.  They are delicious and only TWO ingredients.

Can't get any easier than that.

My menu planner tells me what I need to take out each day.  No more mad dash.

No more frozen pizzas. (Unless we choose, of course.)

It's been two days and I. am. loving. it.   I know exactly what's for dinner for the next twelve days.


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