Meal planning and having dinner ready every night when James gets home from work has to be one of my least favourite things about being a stay at home mom. Obviously the responsibility falls on me, which is fair but doesn’t mean that I love it lol. I actually really enjoy baking and cooking, just not in a time crunch with a toddler who loves to ‘help’. Something that helps so much is having our meals for the week planned, even if you don’t stick to it at least you have a list of ideas for each day of the week. The other thing I love about having a meal plan is being able to make use of all the groceries I buy. Some recipes call for odd ingredients and when they’re not familiar it’s easy to let the excess go to waste in the fridge. When I take the time to sit down and make a plan, I can search for other recipes or ways to make use of that odd ingredient and cut down on waste!
When I first started staying home I was overly ambitious with my meal ideas, always wanting to try something new or make something fantastic. Well, a big reality check came my way when we ended up never having food on the table because I was overwhelmed. So I’m here to tell you there’s nothing wrong with the basic as long as you are eating good, balanced meals. I can’t wait to share our weekly meal plans with you guys and feel free to comment below some of your favourite go to meals!
- Spicy Chorizo Pasta
I don’t have a specific recipe for this meal. I just use whatever pasta we have in the cupboard, chop up onions, peppers, tomatoes and chorizo. Pan fry the veggies and sausage, once the veggies start to soften, I add pasta sauce (sometimes I make it sometimes I use premade) and allow it to simmer. While it simmers, I cook the pasta and toss it all together when it’s done.
- Meatloaf & Potatoes
I use the Looneyspoons cookbook for this recipe, it’s called All You Need is Loaf, you can find it here. It uses common ingredients and it only takes a few minutes to throw it together. I usually serve corn or coleslaw (I have a great recipe I will post soon) as the side along with roasted potatoes.
- Snappy Chicken
This will be a new recipe for us, but it looks delish! I found it in the Company’s Coming Cookbook, you can find it here. It only uses a handful of ingredients and I love that I can throw it together during nap time and not think about it again until dinner. I will serve this with rice and zucchini- I know zucchini is an odd pairing, but we have an abundance of it and Bauz loves it, so it is what it is lol!
I think it’s important to have a day dedicated to eating up all the leftovers in the fridge. We don’t always eat them for lunches and I really don’t like letting my hard work go to waste!
- Veggie Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries
Veggie burgers are one of my favourite easy meals. By Friday I am pretty much ready to give up on life and I still have one more day left in the week as James works every Saturday. This weekend in particular James will be out of town, so I am keeping it as simple as possible. For veggie burgers, I buy Yves brand from Costco and Bauz always eats them right up! I recently bought a spiralizer and love to throw my sweet potatoes in there. It makes really thin, curly slices which are perfect for baking. I toss them in a tiny amount of olive oil, lots of rosemary and a dash of salt and bake until the edges start to brown at about 375°C.
This weekend we will be celebrating my niece’s first birthday so we will be feasting on pizza with the fam! Since Saturday’s are our only night with James home the next day, we often choose to eat out together or order in.
I like to cook up a big soup each week to eat throughout the week and to freeze for those days you just can’t get anything made. I haven’t decided what type we will do this week, but you can find my two favourites here and here.
Thanks for reading along, what do you guys have planned for dinners this week?!