A Full Week of Cook With Me: Simplifying Meal Planning for Busy Families
Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic! I’m Shanna, and if you’re new here, we’re a homeschooling family of four, navigating the busy waters of work, homeschooling, and family life. Today, I’m excited to share with you a full week cook with me, where I’ll take you through our meal planning and cooking process for the week.
Simplifying Meal Planning
As a family with both parents working and kids with busy schedules, meal planning is essential for maintaining sanity during the week. I like to plan out two weeks of meals at a time, aiming for simplicity and ease in the kitchen. This includes having about 14 go-to meals on rotation, with some room for flexibility based on our schedule.
Batch Cooking for Efficiency
To streamline the cooking process, I practice batch cooking without really thinking of it as such. When preparing meals like meatloaf or spaghetti sauce, I make enough for multiple servings and freeze the extras. This not only saves time but also ensures we have homemade meals ready to go on busy nights.
The Weekly Cooking Plan
Here’s a breakdown of our cooking plan for the week:
– Sunday: Spaghetti and homemade sauce. I make a large batch of sauce, enough for multiple servings, and freeze the leftovers for future meals.
– Monday: Air fryer pork chops with instant potatoes and green beans.
– Tuesday: Egg Roll in a Bowl, a simple yet delicious dish made with ground turkey, coleslaw mix, and jasmine rice.
– Wednesday: Leftovers night, as Wednesdays are our busiest days. We repurpose any remaining meals from earlier in the week.
– Thursday: Taco Ring made with ground turkey, served with salad and salsa.
– Friday: Chicken Salsa Tacos, a crockpot meal made with chicken breast, salsa, and cream cheese.
– Saturday: Taco Soup, using leftover taco and chicken salsa ingredients from earlier in the week, served with tortilla strips for added crunch.
You can find a video featuring all of this linked down below!
Embracing Flexibility and Creativity
Throughout the week, I embrace flexibility and creativity in the kitchen. I don’t adhere strictly to recipes, preferring to cook intuitively based on what ingredients I have on hand. This approach allows for spontaneity while still ensuring nutritious and delicious meals for my family. I like to joke that I measure spices with my heart!
Conclusion: Making Cooking Enjoyable and Manageable
In conclusion, our full week cook with me demonstrates how meal planning and batch cooking can simplify the cooking process for busy families. By embracing simplicity, flexibility, and creativity, we make cooking an enjoyable and manageable part of our routine.
I hope you found this peek into our kitchen helpful and inspiring. If you have any tips or insights to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe for more cooking and lifestyle content. Until next time, happy cooking!