Organized Meals for a Busy Week
The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.
Recently, I tagged alongside my husband on his business trip to Florida. The downside of soaking up the extra sunshine was returning home to an especially busy week. So, prior to leaving, I rounded up some pantry recipes and organized a Busy Week Meal Plan to help ease back into cooking duties.
Organized Meals for a Busy Week:
With school back in full swing and holiday months closing in, I thought this would be a handy tool to incorporate when you know a busy week is approaching.
I know, I know; we don’t need another meal planner. There are dozens of free menu planners available in blog land. Additionally, we have meal accountability and encouragement every Monday from Laura. Some of my family’s favorite recipes have come from her Menu Plan Monday series.
This planner is a little different in that I’m sharing a strategy to make home cooked meals by using ingredients previously stocked in the pantry or freezer. The point is to create a “back up” menu for weeks that are so crazy, just getting to the grocery store is inconvenient and stressful.
Of course, the only thing easier would be meals already prepared and waiting in the freezer, but since some hectic weeks are unplanned (like my impromptu trip), there isn’t always time to tackle the freezer method.
Furthermore, I don’t have a personal chef at willful readiness nor do I possess any superpowers. :) So, pantry planning it is for me!
There is a wee bit of preparation involved, since the concept doesn’t work unless you purchase the ingredients prior to your busy week. You must stock-up in advance so that almost everything you need is ready and waiting.
Without further delay, here are the links to 7 pantry/freezer friendly meals.
And for all you breakfast lovers out there…
Since this is not an exhaustive list and you may have your own favorite go-to meals, I created a blank printable too.
While I can’t cook your meals for you, I can provide you with a free planner and a jump start on pantry meal ideas to make life a little more simple.
Click the link below for an organized printable of these shop-ahead meals and their corresponding grocery lists as well as a blank template. Hopefully this will help calm the crazies and fill the personal chef void in your life. :)
Other than take-out, what pantry/freezer/staple meals do you use during a busy week or upon returning home from a trip?
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