This week I’m making pretty much ALL of our dinners in advance, since both of my boys have 7:30 p.m. baseball games, Derrick is travelling Sunday through Friday and I have an unpredictable work schedule. I am going to be one frazzled mom this week! Thank God for friends and sitters who pitch in to help! Here is a week’s worth of easy and healthy family meals.
And thank God for Nicholas and Jhenya… they have been really good about making their own breakfast, packing their lunches, unloading the dishwasher and folding and putting away their laundry. One small altercation last week but overall, they’ve been great.
Is that too many chores for an 8 and 10 year old? I don’t think so, they have a lot more spare time than I do! They get five dollars a week allowance, do you think I should give them a raise?
I don’t want to spend all of Sunday in the kitchen so I’m making dishes that don’t require a lot of work and will do double duty with leftovers that can be re-purposed later in the week.
Monday’s Dinner is in the slow cooker right now: Three Ingredient Pork Loin. My original recipe actually calls for Boston Butt but I have a good sized pork loin in my freezer that will work just fine. Pork Loin often goes on sale for $1.99, buy it and stock up and you’ll have money leftover for some wine to go with dinner!
Tuesday we’re having Oven Fried Chicken with Panko. My boys go nuts over this chicken even if I bake it a few days beforehand and reheat it in the oven or microwave. Panko is one of my Go-To ingredients! It makes everything crispy and crunchy. I love Kroger’s Chipotle Panko, or you can season your own with Chipotle Powder, Cayenne or Garlic Powder.
Wednesday night’s dinner is a super healthy main dish salad: Curried Wheat Berry Salad with Shrimp. If you haven’t tried Wheat Berries, head to Whole Foods Market and grab some from the loose grains bin! They are a hearty alternative to Quinoa, nutty, chewy and full of fiber. This salad can be made with all kinds of substitutions depending on what you like and what you have in your pantry.
Thursday the Pork Loin leftovers will make a quick dinner: Tacos or Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
And Friday I’ll make a crustless quiche, Frittata or Veggie Scramble with all my leftovers. Or take the boys out for Pizza. They have really been amazing with all of Derrick’s travel during the week and they deserve a treat, though I may change my mind by Friday depending on how the week goes!
Last week they begged for sushi on Friday and chowed down on Spider Rolls, Ikura, Rainbow rolls, salmon and yellow tail.
Eighty Dollars worth for the three of us! They are literally eating me out of house and home, but at least they like healthy food, right?