{Back To Work (and School) Dinner Line-up

Today I go back to work full time (I'm a parapro in an elementary school), and along with that comes end-of-the-day-fatigue that leaves me not wanting to go anywhere near the kitchen when I get home. Last school year I fell into that trap and we were living on Subway takeout and frozen entrees.
If you read this blog then you know that is NOT how I want my family to eat. Because of that, I really felt guilty and like I was not doing my job by providing healthy meals and making sure my family came first, not my job. The job really was kicking my ass and winning!
This year I will be even busier. I work every  day of the week (I had Fridays off last school year) and my days are even crazier. I had a lot of anxiety about going back after having the time to be a full-time mom all summer for my family.
So I decided that the only way to make myself feel at ease is to be way more organized with meals, home organization (Taken care of this summer as seen here and here), my kid's schedules.

I'm making a weekly meal menu and sticking to it. I'll go shopping on Sunday and make as many of the meals on Sunday as I can ("Sunday Baker"), therefore not as much prep and clean up on weekdays.

Here are my meals for this week. I chose them because they are hearty, healthy, easy to make ahead and convenient.  I also chose recipes that will use up some of our garden harvest. They also provide leftovers for Rich, Henry and I to take for lunches. Sam eats school lunch.

Zucchini and Rice Casserole- I made this recipe ahead so I can just throw it in the oven when I get home. It is so delicious and my family loves it. Great for leftovers!
Garden Harvest Chicken Stew This hearty stew cooks in the crockpot all day, and uses a lot of our delicious home-grown potatoes.
This recipe for Chicken Zucchini Pizza is fast and so good, and I can also use those last couple of zucchini sitting in my fridge before they shrivel up!
I'll make these Turkey Meatballs ahead and freeze them. When I get home from work, I'll thaw them out by heating them in the oven and add them to some whole wheat pasta and a side of greens.
TAKE OUT! Why not? All those meals and working all week, I deserve a night off. Friday nights are always take out nights at our house.
Hopefully this schedule will keep me from being a frazzled, razzled (bitchy) mom and wife!


Anonymous said...

When do you get rid of leftovers? I try to do this and then I have leftovers by midweek that I end up scrapping the menu to try to get rid of stuff.

Anonymous said...

I know you're insanely busy but if you get time I would LOVE some more of your weekly meal plans. They are a lifesaver!