Welcome back to Meal Plan Monday!
The month of travel and chaos continues. This week kicks off with yours truly being out of town until Tuesday night. I scheduled this after realizing that I haven’t been away from my husband and kids for more than 24 hours since last summer. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but for me, I need the recharge time.
Especially considering the demands of the hockey schedule. Again, I wouldn’t trade it and there is nowhere else I would rather be. But when the hockey season ends, it’s necessary to take some time for myself. And I often forget that in the midst of motherhood.
So this week’s meal plan is more abbreviated than usual. When I go away, HockeyDad handles everything. The last time I had to be away during hockey season he turned off his location so that I couldn’t just check to make sure he made it to early morning Initiation practice. Didn’t stop me, I just texted a friend because I have no shame and I needed to know so that I could focus on what I was doing, but he handles what’s on the schedule.
And that includes food.
With that in mind, here’s what’s on the menu for the rest of the week:
Tuesday- Snack plate. There’s a good chance I’ll be rolling in home around dinner time. And with the whole road trip thing involved, I likely won’t be hungry. So easy and fun for the boys.
Wednesday- Fend for Yourself. That doesn’t change from week to week as I’m sure you’ve all figured out by now.
Thursday- Ribs, mashed potatoes and veggies. I have all this at home. With nothing on the schedule for the night, it’s a family dinner at the table kind of night. Even with no hockey on the calendar, those nights are few and far between, so we enjoy them when they come around.
Friday- Grilled cheese and fruit. We’ll kick off our long weekend with easy and enjoyable.
Saturday- We’re at our friends’ place to celebrate their girls birthdays, and my dearest friend is a phenomenal cook, so we’ll be well fed. And there will be cake. Win-win.
Sunday- Pulled pork, coleslaw and salad. The recipe from 100 Days of Real Food was a hit in my house. So we’ll repeat that one though I’ll back off on the pepper just a bit. Don’t get me wrong, they all ate it and not one of them complained, which is a massive success. But they didn’t go back for seconds. That’s the ultimate goal and I think I can achieve it with a simple tweak to the amount of pepper.
This week the goal is to use up some stuff that’s in the freezer and fridge. And to avoid the grocery store for a week. I can always make a quick stop for something minor, but it will be far less than the usual shop. Or that’s the plan, anyway.
Have a wonderful week, folks. And let us know in the comments what your Meal Plan Monday looks like.