It’s nearly May which means maybe my hands and feet will thaw out this week! We’ve been having chillier than usual weather in our area, but this past weekend it turned to spring-chilly, but lovely. This week looks like more of the same and warming up by the weekend so we’ll be spending a LOT of time outside. Right now we’re in the midst of removing a ton of brush and weeds that grew where we had trees removed 2 years ago. It’s been a long and slow process but with the kids helping (grudgingly and only because they have to earn screen time) we’re making progress. The dog likes to ‘help’ by digging holes.
We’ve had a big shift the last two weeks or so. While we have a pretty good division of labor in the house recently my husband, Bob, has been slowly taking on more and more meals. Since we’re working hard to lose weight it’s become a sort of hobby/obsession of his to shop, plan, and cook meals. It’s been amazing. He’s got a passion for it and has been making amazing food. The kids are trying new things and so appreciative and I’m incredibly grateful for not only a healthy home cooked meal every night, but more time to work on other projects around the house. It’s a win-win-win.
Ready to start meal planning?
April to May Meal Plan
Monday: Steak Night
Monday is a protein packed meal since we will be putting in a few hours in the backyard after school/work today. Steaks (cook the steak in a hot iron skillet with a balsamic glaze for a nice crispy outside), roasted baby potatoes (in olive oil and sea salt), and a huge salad with red onion and apples.
Tuesday: Stir Fry Night
Choose your own stir fry is a big hit around our house. We get stir fry beef at the store, pre-cooked shrimp, and a variety of veggies. Bob cooks each person’s individually so they get exactly what they want. I always choose ALL the veggies, beef, and you have to be sure to toss in some fresh garlic and ginger. YUM.
Wednesday: Taco Night
Thursday: Pizza Night
Bob and I are headed out-of-town for a press trip I’m going on (he’s tagging long) so we have frozen pizzas on hand for the kids and their grandparents. We’ll have a side salad ready to go, too. We’ll be dining at a special meal (more info on that to come!).
Friday: Baked Chicken
My mom loves to cook chicken so we’ve got a menu that includes baked chicken, and we’ll have a side salad all prepped and ready like the previous evening.
Saturday: Clean Out The Fridge Night
Since there are likely to be a ton of leftovers Saturday is the perfect night to clean out the fridge. Leftovers, a salad, some slices of cheese, a few pickles–whatever we have on hand will go on the table for dinner. It’s always a fun hodge podge of food.
Sunday: Slow Cooked Chicken
We’ve had a slow cooked pork the last two weeks, and have plans to change it up a but with shredded, slow-cooked chicken. Bob will make mini cornbread loaves (low in added sugar, no dairy), and a big salad to go on the side. We generally eat the slow cooked meat on a bun and both Bob and I eat them on a gluten-free bun.
What’s on your menu this week?