I had a brainstorm earlier this week where I thought about starting a new blog to post pictures of the mischief my girls got into while I was trying to do other things…like when I tried to vacuum for literally 3 minutes and realized they had put marker all over each other’s lips and then kissed paper to make lip marks. It’s cute in hindsight, but frustrating in the moment.
The point of this story (yes, I have a point) is that my life is hectic (whose isn’t) and it’s time to slow down.
Confession time…I am a real mom with 3 real kids and a real budget. I want to be like other moms I see on Pinterest, making wholesome gluten-free meals using beets and cauliflower, but my kids won’t eat that…and frankly neither will my husband. I want to make beautiful crafts with my children and decorate my house with things I DIY’d but I’d just wind up with toilet paper tubes strewn around the house and hot glue strings in my hair.
Here’s a secret…that’s not real life! Or at least it isn’t my real life. My kids fight and make messes…and while I’m trying to make homemade play doh, someone is flooding the bathroom.
So here’s the deal…I’m trying. I do cook for my family on most nights and I still buy mostly organic but I’ve come to rely more heavily on the Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen guide when determining whether to buy organic or not (being 100% organic is expensive). I avoid processed foods and cook from scratch whenever possible. Now that I am a stay at home mom, we are more frugal than ever so the main focus of this blog has to be finding balance between eating organic and saving money…it’s a personal choice.
Things go more smoothly around here with a plan and so starting now, I’m making one. A weekly meal plan that is. I will strive to find and develop recipes that truly take 30 minutes to prepare each night along with 1 hour to prep for the week over the weekend and I’ll share my plan here in my weekly meal plans. I’ll also try to share secrets I gain along the way about saving money, living green and raising kids. I’ve also created a new Pinterest board called “Tried and True Recipes” where I’ll pin the recipes that I’ve made and liked. I hope it will be a good resource for your own menu planning so please check it out and follow me. I promise to only repin recipes that were good, easy to make and include links to the actual recipe and not some third party site.
We do still get CSA every two weeks and so I’ll be trying to incorporate that into our plan as well. So here goes for week one, bear with me.
Tuesday: Ground beef tacos with crunchy shells using this recipe for taco seasoning (omitting crushed red pepper).
Wednesday: Oatmeal Cranberry Pancakes – My husband has softball on Wednesdays so it’s usually just me and the girls; they like pancakes and this recipe is a little more substantial than most.
Thursday: Thai Basil Fried Rice - I’ll probably add some egg and grilled chicken to make it more pleasing for everyone.
Friday: Beef Kabobs with oven roasted potatoes
Breakfast inspiration: Easy Crockpot Granola with yogurt (my 3 year old lives on yogurt and cereal so she should like this one).
Weekly Meal Plan Prep: make dressing, cook bacon, boil eggs, slice red peppers, make taco seasoning, cut and add steak to marinade then freeze, make crockpot granola.
For more meal planning ideas check out Org Junkie.