I began writing this post and realized that I wasn’t in fact writing this post at all, but another one that discusses overcommitment and its toll on our spirits. I’ve saved that and set it aside in favor of meeting this particular commitment, albeit a day late. If you don’t see the irony here, you probably need more rest too. ;-)
In all seriousness, my relative persistence in posting a meal plan is very helpful to me personally. I mean, I hope it helps you as well, but really, when I take the time to do it, I am actually planning our meals – something that doesn’t necessarily happen if I don’t sit down and write a post about it. You are keeping me accountable whether you’re using these or not – look how powerful you are! The exercise is also useful because of its unassailably necessary nature. This is not to suggest that we will expire if I don’t make a meal plan, or to indicate that I am completely unrealistic and believe that it is never okay to fly by the seat of your pants for a day or so because you just can’t do one more thing right now. I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m able to make those adjustments from time to time, but when it comes down to brass tacks, we need to eat.
I say it all the time in these meal plans – “here’s what’s going on in our house… but we still need to eat.” No matter what chaos or drama emerges, no matter what the dog eats and requires emergency veterinary intervention for, no matter which car or house part needs fixing or replacing, we need to eat, and when I plan what we eat, all of those other parts work better and are less stressful. It’s a little tiny slice of domestic magic that does not always shine so brightly in the abstract when it’s on a checklist of too many other important things.
So thank you for holding me accountable, reminding me that there IS something I can do right now to make all of our lives easier this week.
Monday: Southwestern Salad, whole wheat bread
Tuesday: Chickpeas, Potatoes, and Tomatoes (very much like this dish); sautéed green beans, bell peppers
Wednesday: Miso Soup, green salad
Thursday: Nutshroom Burgers, veggies for burger toppings, steamed broccoli
Friday: Homemade Pizza (artichokes and onions and no moo for me!), cut veggies
Saturday: Thirty Minute Bean and Bulgur Chili, green salad, rice or taco shells to go with
Sunday: Homemade Pasta with Easiest Tomato Sauce Ever and spinach, green salad
Lunchbox Treats: Homemade Smoothie Pouches (these reusable food pouches are the bomb!) – just search smoothie in the search bar, we’ve got lots
Adult Lunches: Cold Kickin’ Soup (It’s coming. I can feel it.)
Here’s hoping your priorities are clear and well aligned with your values… okay, that’s too much. I hope you have a super week.