This week is going to be a hot one. We’ve been super cooling the house, and running fans as much as we can. In addition to the heat, it’s been humid- overall I’m not a fan of this weather.
As a result of this weather forecast, we’ll be eating a lot of food that doesn’t require the oven.
Summer break is wrapping up, however, we’ve got all sorts of adventures planned, you can check out some of our adventures here.
I didn’t do much meal prep for this week, just some grocery shopping for produce ($25 worth of salad kits, and fruit), and cutting up fruit yesterday. When it’s hot, the kids don’t eat much beyond popsicles and snacks during the day.
No CSA boxes until the weather cools down and I can be home when the boxes are delivered. With the heat and the lack of shade on my patio, if we aren’t home when it’s delivered, some of the more delicate foods can spoil.
We’ve been trying a lot of new foods lately, thanks to the really great freebies from Social Nature lately too. It’s fun to try new foods.
For those of you that are new to meal planning, I’ve got an easy 101 style post here with super easy tips and steps. After you get that down, here is info about batch or freezer cooking.
I’ve gotten a pretty good inventory of the pantry, freezer, and fridge done (I try to update it after every shopping trip), so I’m able to plan meals and use up what we’ve got with little waste.
I only post our dinner plans for the week, because our other meals are usually the same each day.
Breakfast: Coffee with 1/2 and 1/2 for me, and pancakes or something along those lines for the kids. They are also into fruit and bagels for breakfast. Lately, the big kid has been digging protein shakes in the morning. This is his favorite kind.
Lunch: I have a plastic tote in the cupboard full of self-serve snacks. I buy treats and snacks in bulk and fill up snack-sized zip-top bags. This is really helpful for the summer when for some reason, kids are starving all the time.
Dinner: I’m planning for a week of cool foods, with very little being cooked in the oven. I may use the toaster oven as needed.
Monday: Chicken nuggets, Buttered noodles, fruit, cheese & crackers
Tuesday: Salad, hummus & flatbread, fruit
Wednesday: Corn dogs, fruit, salad
Thursday: Protein Shakes, fruit
- Friday: Takeout night!
- Saturday: Leftovers
- Sunday: Salad, quesadillas, fruit