The first week of back to school is behind us. Bedtimes are back in check, early mornings are becoming more normal again. And that after school scramble for supper is back… No longer can we ponder about what we’re feeding the family for dinner, we have to be ready. All planned out. It’s the only way to get the kids fed, clean and in bed by eight o’clock! I think the late dinners is one of the things I loved about this past summer. Dinner time wasn’t so stressful.
I want to be a meal planner. Honestly I do. Some weeks I am the queen of meal plans – having everything ready to go for the week ahead. Other weeks, I just don’t get there. I have to be completely truthful here…the weeks that I have our meals all planned out, I am a much nicer mommy, and my stress levels are significantly reduced. Coming up with dinner last second isn’t easy, it isn’t fun, and it is more work than it is worth. So as I sit here, printing out my meal plan for the week, I have a sense of relief knowing that meals for the week ahead are already thought of.
Since both my husband and I work out of the home, opposite shifts to avoid the cost of child care. It leaves very few opportunities for us to have a true family meal. Most of the times the kids have either him or I feeding them their dinner. So I take careful note of our schedules when I am planning our meals. Some meals are just meant to have the whole family sitting around the dinner table. I am a huge fan of fall foods, root veggies, roasts and stews…but I like the lighter, quicker meals as well. One of our families favorites is Taco Night. Now, I only plan taco night on evenings where hubby and I are both home. It is such a fun meal, that we want everyone to enjoy it. Same thing with the roasts and stews. There is just a sense of comfort having everyone around the table.
On our weekly meal plan we have a few staples. Spaghetti (or Lasagna) night, breakfast for dinner, pork chops and mashed potatoes, and of course Taco Night! Last week our Taco night was a blast. We tried the new Mild & Tasty Old El Paso soft taco kit along with some hard tacos and re-fried beans. We filled our table full of all the yummy toppings and ingredients that we love on our tacos and dug in. It was delicious…not a single complaint. As you can tell from the picture, I also pulled out the fine china. Next week I’m going to add one of the fun recipes on Life Made Delicious that uses the Old El Paso seasoning. Maybe the Beef Taco Rice Skillet. It looks so yummy.
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