“Mom, what’s for dinner?”
“Can’t you just order pizza?”
“There’s nothing in the fridge!”
Meal planning. This is my biggest struggle. Being a busy mom with 4 kids who are all active, I don’t make the time to plan out meals for the week. Well, I did try it once and it was fantastic – but I didn’t stick with it.. REMIND ME WHY??? Oh yah, I was too busy.
I know you’re not buying that story. And, neither am I.
Since it worked, I’ve got to spend the time finding the RIGHT recipes for my family and then SHARE what I am doing with all of you. As, I am guessing that some of you may be in the same boat as me.
You know, the boat where you are the captain, chief rowing officer, head deck swabber and, oh yeah, the cook and provisions manager.
One of the biggest challenges is that everyone in my family is on a different schedule. Unfortunately, that is our reality. My oldest has late soccer practices 3 nights a week so he eats after we do. It could be worse, I could have to feed him first…
No Plan = Poor Choices
Lack of preparation is really the core issue, every time I try to solve this problem I wind up right back where I started. And it is SO FRUSTRATING. Like the movie Groundhog’s Day, just repeating the same thing over and over.
I don’t have a plan so I don’t have the right food and usually don’t have time to go pick it up and then make it by the time I figure it out.
Because of that, we grab unhealthy things, order pizza which I TRY not to eat (that means I have 1 piece instead of 3) or go out to eat.
When I do buy food for the week without a meal plan in place, it ends up not being used and I find myself throwing out food that went bad. ARGGH!! If I knew what I could make for the family each night, did the shopping ahead of time and then did meal prep twice a week, I probably would be able to break out of the cycle.
I Need Your Help
Step 1 – I need to make a plan of what we are going to eat. I’ve got one recipe that my family loves, and I’m sharing that with you below.
Can you help me? Will you please share one of your favorite, relatively healthy meals or recipes with me? I would love it and be so very grateful!
Just post your recipe in the comments. I’ll be checking them obsessively as I can’t wait to get some ideas and get this meal planning thing started.
(oh, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on my recipe)
Clean-Eating Turkey Chili
- 2 cans black beans drained and rinsed
- 2 cans petite diced tomatos
- 1 can corn drained
- 1 can garbanzo beans (optional) drained, rinsed and de-skinned
- 1 can black olives - sliced drained
- 1 lb ground turkey lean
- 1 package chili seasoning
- Brown the turkey meat in a pan. Drain the excess grease.
- Add the chili seasoning and water per package instructions.
- In a large pot add seasoned turkey, tomatoes, corn, black beans, olives and any additional beans (garbanzos, white beans, etc).
- Simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes. Or you can put this in a slow cooker on low for a couple hours.