If you’re a busy mom, you know that sometimes life comes at you fast, you get busy, and you have to adjust your plans and do things differently for a while. That time has come for me, and it’s messing with my meal planning system. I’ve got something in the works that is keeping me super busy. I mean like “busier than a one armed paper hanger” kind of busy. (My mom always said that. I have to admit, it’s a little curious, I’m not sure why anyone would need to hang paper. Maybe hand-made paper? I need to call Mom and ask her. But you get the idea.) *Update: Several readers have been nice enough to tell me that it refers to wallpaper. I feel so dumb. I know how to wallpaper, I should have thought of that!
In light of my sudden gust of business, I’m going to deviate from my monthly/seasonal meal plan just for a little while. Doesn’t that figure; just when I start to get this thing down pat and get it closer to “auto pilot” status, I have to put it on hold. But it will be worth it and we’ll get back to the seasonal planning/freezer cooking just as soon as we can.
I can’t tell you what it is just yet because some of our family and local friends don’t know yet! We wouldn’t want them to find out by reading my website! But I’ll give you a hint and say that when we’re all done being super busy, my food photos will be better. At least I hope they will.
… Hows that for a teaser?
Enough about my one-armed paper hanging. Let’s talk about food. For the next month or so, we’ll be in the “15 minute meals” mode. So if you’re looking for super quick meal ideas, you may want to stay tuned for the next few weeks. I’ll admit from the start that some of these meals will be simpler than my typical meals, some will not be as frugal due to taking advantage of help from the grocery store in the form of cooking less from scratch, and they may be a little less healthy, due to the same reason. But they’ll be as healthy as I can manage under the circumstances. And I’m OK with going a little more basic for a while for a good cause.
We’ve already started this week’s menu, I Just didn’t have time to get this post up. Here’s what we had/are having this week.
I shopped in my freezer first to see what I still had from my Winter Meal Plan. I found some good stuff out there. This week we’ll have the following from the freezer: (p.s. Please do me a favor and don’t pin the following images. If you want to pin the recipes–and I’d love for you to do so– please click the link and pin the larger photo from the recipe. If you want to pin this article, use the larger image above. Thanks for the help, I appreciate it!)
Now, back to the food…
Pepper Steak-ready to defrost and toss in the Crock Pot
Chicken & Peppers with Rice, Green Beans–In the freezer ready to cook the chicken & heat the rice.
Nach-yo Mamas Chicken Soup–In the freezer, ready to defrost and toss in a soup pot on the stove.
Spaghetti (Remember I said it will be more simple? This time when I say “spaghetti” I really mean just spaghetti. No bread, no salad. No time for that.)I had the sauce all made and in the freezer so I just had to cook the pasta.
Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Shells (Cooked chicken, cooked broccoli, mac & cheese. Simple and doesn’t taste like mac& cheese at all!)
Easy Roast–haven’t decided on a recipe yet, when I do I’ll come back and update this part.
One dinner out–It just makes sense under the circumstances.
That’s it for dinner this week.
- For lunches we’ll eat leftovers, tuna sandwiches, and tortellini salad. (This is a post I did for freehomeschooldeals.com)
- Breakfast is usually a “good luck” kind of thing. We all just open the fridge and see what’s there. I did make some Blueberry Muffins today so that gets us through a few days.
- Dessert? I just talked my daughter into making us some cookies. We baked a few and I took the rest of the dough and scooped it into balls and froze them. When we need a cookie fix we’ll just take a few out and pop them into the oven.
So there it is; my OAPH (one armed paper hanger) menu. It’s mostly healthy, not too boring, and totally doable even with my busy schedule. We’ll call that a win.
What are your favorite “go-to” meals for those super busy times?
(Really, share them below, I need some ideas for when my freezer gets empty!)