How to Bring Family Meal Planning Back to Your “A” Game

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Nothing has been normal about family meal planning lately. You haven’t been on your “A” game. Maybe your schedule has been off, the kids have been off of school, or life events leave you feeling less than “normal”.

Nothing has been normal in my house lately. Kids are home. We put the house up for sale. We lived in a house that was in show condition, never knowing when we had to leave at a moment’s notice. I burned at least one crockpot meal because we had to leave for a showing and the food cooked for an additional three hours longer than anticipated. The inspector put his foot through our ceiling and it had to be repaired–twice.

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Breakfast:

Breakfasts will include sausage patties and homemade biscuits. If you know our back story you know the girls are gluten intolerant, so I’ll make biscuits with ingredients they can consume. Oatmeal and muesli, our favorite breakfast cereal, will be available for variations.

Lunch:

I bought an eye of round beef roast and a turkey breast to roast and slice thin for sandwiches. Roasted meat is cheaper per pound than lunch meat bought at the deli counter. If you’re buying 2 or 3 kinds of lunch meat the roasted method is cheaper and a better quality. I don’t know if anyone will have a peanut allergy in either of the girl’s classes so I can’t count on peanut butter for a lunch staple. Lots of fruit and veggies will round out the bento style lunches. Cherries, grapes, plums, carrots, tomatoes, and salads will provide variety.

Dinner:

I purchased a bag of frozen shrimp for $14.98. It’s wild caught and pure shrimp. I bought a whole pork loin. Yes, I know pork is the fattiest meat around, but I am getting back into the swing of meal planning, and it will be prepared well (i.e. baked not fried, with apple cider vinegar for chops, and as a roast with homemade barbecue sauce. A little grace, please? The whole loin cost $12.75 for 6.44 lbs. At least two portions will go into the freezer for future for meal planning.

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Snacks:

Homemade granola will be on hand for quick consumption. I like raw veggies, so I keep Greek yogurt on hand to mix with ranch seasoning as a veggie dip. 1 cup Greek yogurt to 3 Tbsp ranch seasoning. Good quality peanut butter, almond butter, or substitute is usually available too.

My Pantry

It helps to have staples in your pantry. Here’s a glance into what I keep on hand.

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