Even with menu planning on way too many occasions I was caught at 4:30 or so without dinner started. The temptation to run out and grab a quick burger is not something that can happen often. As we all know it is a killer on the budget!
My solution is to do something I am calling summer cooking. On Monday I look at my monthly menu and decide what we are eating Monday - Friday. I then use nap time on Monday to prepare the main events for the week.
Here is a peek at this week.
Monday: Grilled Pork Chops
Grilling is something we will be doing more often to prevent heating up the house. Chuck has a pitch in later this week. He is taking in a sausage cheese dip. While I was already using the grill I went ahead and browned the sausage. I not only use the grill for grilling in the summer I will also use it with a cast iron skillet for general cooking.
One for this week and one for the freezer. It is a great time saver to pull it out to thaw and heat up.
Again using the grill.
Thursday: Roasted Chicken
I purchased this from Sams. As I was cutting the meat off the bone I put the small bits in a container to turn into chicken salad. That will make a quick, cool lunch.
Baked late in the evening or early in the morning. I will slice it before re-heating.
Each day before we headout for afternoon play I will get my side dishes ready to go. My hope is that by doing this I can avoid some stress in the early evening. It gets crazy with Chuck coming home and the kids leaving.
The great thing is that if plans change I can move a menu item to the weekend or throw it in the freezer for later use.
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!