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Meal Planning Monday

September 6, 2010

Whoa, where did the weekend go?  Saturday I did some studying, organizing, and reading, but I feel like I accomplished very little.  Yesterday, I spent half the day with my daughter – she was supposed to go over to my husband’s cousins’ place so I could study, but their little boy was sick, so it was a no-go.  So, my girl and I went to McDonald’s for breakfast (hotcakes for her, a muffin and apple slices for me), hit the bookstore for a new addition to her reading collection, did some shopping at SportChek (I picked up a new red Under Armour racerback tank), and bought her some new inside shoes for school at the Adidas Outlet store.  My daughter is cute as all get-out and I love her beyond reason, but she DOES NOT SHUT UP!  Like, EVER!  And she’s ridiculously stubborn.  Needless to say, I was tired by the time we got home, so we put on some Dora and cuddled on the couch, where I promptly fell asleep.

When my husband got home from his golf tourney and my son returned from his playdate, we watched the Riders defeat the Bluebombers on TV (that’s CFL football, for those of you wondering what I’m talking about).  It was a close game and worth watching to the end.  After the football game and once we could drag my son away from the game he was playing on my husband’s iTouch, we headed outside, with the kids and my husband on their bikes and me running.  I ran for 18 minutes without any knee pain, so I was really happy.  After quickly getting ready, we went out to a movie and watched The Karate Kid.  While I love Jackie Chan, remaking The Karate Kid was plain wrong.  The original is a classic from my youth, and I tend to think movies like that should be left alone (regardless of how cheesy they are – hahaha!)  And it’s not even about karate – it’s kung fu!  [shaking her head]

It turned out to be a BIT better than I expected, though, so that was good.  However, we usually only take our kids to kid movie matinees, so this was sort of a new experience for them.  I will just say that they were not particularly well-behaved, and each of them received a stern talking to about having respect for the other people in the movie theatre.  They were better after that, but it was not the most relaxing movie experience ever.

Today, I dropped off my kids at their auntie’s house to play with their cousins, caught up on e-mails, and did a little grocery shopping.  Next up: meal planning for the week.

  • Monday: shepherd’s pie (using leftover pot roast from last night); spinach salad with feta, Craisins, and raspberry vinaigrette
  • Tuesday: lasagna; spinach salad with grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and sun-dried tomato vinaigrette
  • Wednesday: leftover lasagna, sauteed zucchini
  • Thursday: Multigrain Fish Fillets, steamed broccoli, Smart Pasta rotini with garlic and olive oil
  • Friday: Sticky Sesame Chicken Thighs, rice (brown or basmati), spinach salad with feta and dried cranberries, peas
  • Saturday: sausages in whole wheat buns, Maple Dill Carrots
  • Sunday: marinated chicken breasts, roasted cauliflower, quinoa

Since we’re getting a babysitter a couple of times this week and I know it will be extra-busy since the kids start school tomorrow, I’ve got a plan to do as much ahead as I can.  This means that today I’m going to:

  • make the shepherd’s pie and package any leftovers for lunches
  • pre-make the lasagna so it can be reheated tomorrow
  • portion out the salad ingredients so that they just need to be tossed together
  • put together the Sticky Sesame Chicken Thighs and freeze
  • put the chicken breasts in the marinade and freeze
  • cut up the broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini

Do you have any favourite make-ahead meals or strategies?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2010 5:03 pm

    I am loving all your make ahead ideas! I don’t do this as much as I used to…when I still ate chicken, I used to do plain grilled chicken bites with black beans and brown rice ahead for lunches…that was my fav and the easiest! i suppose now I could just do rice and beans!

  2. September 6, 2010 5:39 pm

    That’s a great, easy idea! Thanks, Laury. :)

  3. September 6, 2010 7:13 pm

    I wish I had all sorts of cooking ideas – but alas I do not. However, I am with you on the whole 3-4 year old never be quiet thing. That and always asking, “why” “why” “why”.

    Lastly, isn’t it lovely to purchase new workout clothes. This week I purchased four new shirts and a pair of bicycle shorts…..It makes me happy:)

  4. September 6, 2010 10:27 pm

    I can’t believe that it is about Kung Fu, when it is called Karate Kid!!! What a joke!!?

    Those chicken thighs, and the carrots both sound soooooooooo good!!

  5. September 7, 2010 7:20 am

    I like to make casseroles/pot pies/spaghetti/stirfries ahead of time and keep them in the fridge.

    I think you are smart for planning ahead, and I hope you got it all done yesterday!

  6. September 7, 2010 10:21 am

    Gosh you’re organized! I hope the week is smooth sailing for you girl!

  7. September 7, 2010 2:11 pm

    hahaha I watched Karate kid on the airplane ride to San Fran! OMG, definitely should NOT have been remade. Yikes! What a flop.

  8. September 7, 2010 8:37 pm

    Under Armour is definitely my favourite brand. even if it costs a bit more, it’s SO worth it. :)

    i never really make meals in advance. don’t need to since i go to the grocery store 4 days a week. (we don’t have a car and there’s only so much i can carry.)

    and i agree about the Karate Kid: classics like that should never be touched. :)

  9. September 7, 2010 10:02 pm

    I always try to prep what I can on Sundays (which can be relaxing or stressful, depending on your perspective). Otherwise, it depends on how often Marcus (my fiance) and I will be eating together that week. On nights where we eat together, I plan out a structured meal. Eat-alone nights usually involve leftovers and/or cravings.

  10. September 8, 2010 6:58 am

    Your meals sound delicious!

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