Life is busy, I get that and I need to work out strategies to be able to ensure that we all get healthy and ideally delicious meals. With someone who has battled disordered eating, I also need to make sure that I make time to eat as I find it too easy to make excuses to skip meals. I know that I should menu plan, but not only is it the struggle to work out what to cook, but it is now a case of when to cook it. Life is getting busier and I know that the kids have missed out on so many opportunities because I have been ‘absent’ so I don’t want them to miss out any more. It is now time for me to work out the logistics of how I can actually achieve the lofty goal of getting the kids to where they need to be and being able to feed them!
Here goes trying to work out what can be made and when…
As long as there is food in the house, breakfasts and school lunches can just be made up along the way, it is dinner that needs the work and planning.
Monday – Kids are at work with me for a sport and rec program, we should be home at 6. The boy-child needs to be fed and out the door for Scouts by 6.40 at the latest. Dinner needs to be prepped, cooked and eaten in less than 40 minutes!
Tuesday – I am actually attempting to do something for myself – I have signed up for a new hockey class (the one I want to do doesn’t fit in with the commitments of other members of the family so hello a new night and another night of dinner challenges) so I leave here at 4.45 and won’t be back til 8 or so. Dinner needs to be made before I leave for hockey.
Wednesday – Finish work at 4 and head home to collet the kids, we have to be out the door by 4.30 for their classes/sport. Get home around 6.30. Make sure that there is a substantial meal/snack ready for the kids to eat after school so that they have the energy for classes. Ideally the second round of dinner would also be prepared before we get back.
Thursday – I work an unofficial split shift. In the almost 2 hours between, make dinner and hang with the kids. Get home from work around 8.30, most likely too tired to eat myself and will crawl into bed after saying goodnight to the kids.
Friday – Hooray for the one night of the week that I don’t have to work late, run around after kids or do anything specific. The one night where I really want to just eat takeout but realise that we have a huge day ahead starting crazy early so need to eat something healthy!
Saturday – the day begins at dark o’clock with sports and doesn’t finish until stupidly late if we manage to make it to all commitments. Ideally I will have prepared savoury muffins, zucchini slice and snacks to take. Reality will be feeding the kids toast as we run out the door, a few protein snacks for them after training and the rest of the day will be whatever we can get our hands on. Of course that translates to hot chocolates to defrost and hot chips because they smell so good. Perhaps we will sneak home for an hour or so, or maybe even out to stock up on food for the coming week, more than likely we will grab more fast food to round off the day.
Sunday – more training that begins at even darker o’clock, followed by more sport. If we are lucky, I will get time to go and get food for the coming week, if I am really lucky I will delegate the job of getting food for the week! Ideally I will even prepare a batch of meals that can be heated quickly during the week. Realistically, it will be more the case that I will be so overwhelmed by it all that I will hope that the fridge and cupboards are miraculously able to refill themselves with delicious meals and I can enjoy not being busy for 3 seconds.
Somehow, I need to work out when to menu plan and shop so that I can make a week’s work of meals on the day of the week that is yet to be found or get up even earlier in the morning to make breakfast, lunch and dinner before leaving for work!
Any recommendations for healthy, energy packed meals that are easy to prepare and reheat?