I’m busy. I’m married, have a 15-month old son, a full-time job, I workout, I cook for my family every day, and my husband and I try to keep our social life alive. You’re probably thinking to yourself “That’s nothing, guess how busy I am!?!?”. Good point…we’re ALL busy (well, most of us). We’re all busy, and we all like to talk about how busy we actually are to each other. It’s like a bad rash that never goes away; you talk about it, you over analyze it, you ‘why you’. Well, I say let’s actually DO something about it!
I felt like I was going crazy…NOT enough time in the day to do what I wanted to do. Then I had a little bit of an epiphany; HEY, Annie! This is YOUR life, YOU have control over everything that you do on a daily basis. Even better, YOU are in control of how much free time that you have! Wait, WHAT??? You mean my job doesn’t control me (well, maybe a little bit), the baby doesn’t determine how I spend my time (yeah, yeah, he kind of does)?
Okay, so I didn’t win the lottery, get a full time Nanny, an in-home chef and a personal trainer. What I did was look at how I spend my time each day and try to identify places where I can make my life easier. One of my favorite things to do in this life is cook for and provide my family with good food! We’re moving towards a more Paleo diet and I’m constantly trying to come up with new and creative ways to cook meals that doesn’t take too damn long.
So, in an effort to minimize the planning, shopping, and prep time I started making a list of 3-4 main meals for the upcoming week. This way I take a lot of the guess work out of what to make for dinner tonight. I also have a concise shopping list that I make one trip to the store to get, and then I do as much prep as I can in free time so when it’s ‘GO’ time I’m ready! I can’t tell you the relief I feel when I know that all I have to do is a little heating, maybe throw a salad together, and voila, dinner is served!!!
So, here’s my plan for last week that I’m just winding down:
– Bacon covered Meatloaf on Cabbage Steaks
– Chicken and Veggie Stirfry
– Lasagna with Zucchini Noodles
Everything turned out pretty tasty, and I made enough of each one so that I would have leftovers to take to work for lunches, we could have another dinner or two, and the husband and baby could snack on it all, too!
Okay, so that’s the plan! I’ll give you my meal plan ideas, and if you want, you can share yours with me! Let’s make this day-to-day living a little easier, want to???