Welcome back to my back-to-school series! Tonight we’re talking about meal planning. The first week of school is without a doubt one of the most stressful of the year for both you and your kid(s). We’re talking in this series about ways to minimize the stress and make the transition back in to school as tolerable (dare I say delightful?) as possible!
Three things to do with your back-to-school menu:
- Make their comfort foods
There’s enough uncertainty and anxiety about this week, why add to it with trying new recipes or making something exotic? Stick to comfort foods you know how to cook and that the kids love. That way everyone is happy!
One mom I know makes mashed potatoes whenever she knows her daughter is stressed. The night before a big test, when she’s having relationship problems, or when she just has a lot going on. Something about that comfort food makes her daughter comfortable and she talks and relaxes, even if only for a little while.
You know your kids best, so build your menu plan around what you know they love.
- Make it something easy for you to cook
The first week back to school is crazy, right? So make things easy on yourself and pick menu items that you can cook with your eyes closed. And don’t be afraid to use convenience foods from the grocery store to help yourself out! For example, if stir-fry is something you like, but cutting up veggies seems like a lot of work, stop by the grocery and hit up the salad bar. They typically have most of what you might need for your stir-fry right there!
- Easy clean up
Do not spend any more minutes in the kitchen than you have to! Use the grill if you can and line any baking pans you use with foil to minimize scrubbing.
Here’s what I’ll be serving this week:
Nachos (ground beef with all the fixins and lots of cheese!)
Chicken cutlets with noodles and corn
Pancakes (or waffles) and bacon
Toasted cheese sandwiches
Hamburgers with tater tots
Steaks with mashed potatoes and salad