Sunday, February 22, 2015

Trying to get ahead on a (mostly) lazy Sunday

My husband & I are exhausted when we get home, so dinner is usually a struggle.  This week, I'm trying to get ahead & make a few things in advance so I'll be more likely to stick to our menu for the week.

First of all, many of my recipes this week come from  It's a meal planning site that gives you the menu & the shopping list each week.  It requires a paid subscription (around $5 a month), but it's worth it for me since it removes a lot of meal planning stress.  Some of their plans also coincide with that week's sales (Publix for me) and this helps shave a little off the budget.

1st of all, we have way too many eggs in our fridge right now, so I'm going to go ahead & hard-boil some of them for breakfasts this week.

I told Ben to buy eggs even though I had eggs.  Whoops!
Cover eggs with cold water, bring to a rolling boil, remove from heat & cover, let sit 9-10 minutes then place eggs into ice water to stop the cooking process.  Ben peeled them once they were cooled.

There is also a beef stew on the menu for this week.  It's cooked in a slow cooker.  I'm going to go ahead & make it right now so we can eat it leftover on whichever night I'm the most exhausted.

I am looking to switch up my work lunches so I'm going to try salad this week.  I found this great post about pre-made jar salads and I'm pretty excited to try it.

My lettuce wouldn't fit in the jars once I'd included everything I wanted so...

...I put the lettuce in these containers & I'll mix in the 'jar ingredients' once I'm ready to eat

While I was putting my salads together, Ben went ahead & created his lunches.  Read more about his pre-made lunches by clicking here.

Once lunches were finished, I looked at my recipes & to pre-cut all of the veggies I could.

Had leftover celery (from stew prep) so I've decided to have ants on a log for breakfast this week.

Wrote it out on the wall so I won't forget what I planned for dinner each night.

Cutting the ends off the fresh green beans (for Wednesday's dinner).

Cutting the fresh squash for the roasted squash side dish for Monday night.

Ben pre-packed carrots for his lunches.

I pre-packed some grapes & some oranges.
Time to check on the stew!

Since it's looking a little soupy, time to add some corn starch.
I think that's all I'm good for tonight, so I'm going to call it a day & watch the Oscars.  Keeping my fingers crossed that I stick to our meal plan this week!  Thanks for stopping by!

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