Sometimes I love preparing dinner, and some nights all I think is “seriously? I have to do this again?” Since my husband works evenings-dinner falls on my shoulders.
Starting two weeks ago I’ve have been taking time out each Sunday to make a weekly menu. Then I go through what we have have, and make my shopping list according to the menu.
One of my boys is super picky, so the menu idea has helped give him a heads up on what to expect. For me knowing that I have everything I need to make the meal that is already planned makes it much less of a chore on the days that I don’t feel like cooking. It’s easy to switch around days in the case that instead of craving that casserole you have your heart set on the salad planned for a few days later.
I’ve been trying to remember to post our dinners over on instagram. I actually look back through when I am in a dinner rut to help plan out some ideas.
The first dinner above on the left was something my friend Molly makes, shredded BBQ on baked potatoes. This BBQ was a prepackaged meat substitute which made it super easy. I did make the baked mac n cheeses, and homemade biscuits this night, so it wasn’t work free. But this was a Thursday which means Tom has off and those dinners are always extra special.
I also made ahead a stone fruit slaw which no body liked, and I just thought was “ok”.
The second dinner pictured is just a big chopped salad shaken with dressing and some shredded cheese, and then topped with fake chicken. Super fast!

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8 Responses to dinner

  1. rae says:

    oh i love the idea of bbq on a baked potato! I miss vegan bbq shreds, my store stopped carrying the ones they had.

  2. Amanda R. says:

    I have to do a menu each week. For one I’m on a limited budget and we’re trying to eat more organic and “whole” foods and so I have to finagle things a bit. On Friday evenings I look in the fridge and pantry and the sale papers and I construct a weekly menu. My toddler is picky and my 13-year old daughter is underweight so I have to plan vegetarian meals with plenty of protein. I know I’ll be lazy during the week so three or four of the meals are “quick” things like salads or sandwiches, spaghetti or pizza. I think it helps and I find there are usually enough leftovers for me to take a lunch to work instead of buying Subway veggie Subs every stinkin’ day.

  3. We plan meals once a week like that & it makes things so much easier. (Though sometimes it’s a pain to make up that list!)

    I write down all of our favorite recipes on one big list & skim through that for ideas along with my Pinterest for new recipes. If we try a new one & like it I make sure to add it to that list or else I know we’ll forget about it! (The meals are numbered too, so if I ever get desperate I can roll some D&D dice to choose a random meal!)

  4. Rachel says:

    Those dishes look delicious and I love that bowl.


  5. Heidi Kenney says:

    Rae, oh thats such a shame! Our local grocery store is such crap, so I used to drive one town over to get organic, or vegan options. I’ve started instead making the longer drive to a Wegmans because they just have so many great options! I couldn’t find fresh brussels sprouts in any stores, but of course wegmans had them.

  6. Heidi Kenney says:

    Amanda, Yeah I’ve been finding the menu planning has really helped me so much! We used to always do “leftover” night on Sunday where all the leftovers were taken out of the fridge and used to make up the meal (some crazy combinations) but we sort of stopped doing that. :(

  7. Heidi Kenney says:

    Tiffany, oh my goodness I love the dice idea! I have been saving my weekly menus (I print out and hang on the fridge) so I could look back over those for ideas…but I think I am going to start numbering them too…such a great plan

  8. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks rachel :) That bowl was a thrift shop find, and it perfect for a big salad!