Summer is fun. Sleeping in, relaxing, no real obligations (for the most part). But I have to admit, it’s good to return to a schedule. Hallie has been back to school for a week now. So far, 6th grade is going great. I work full-time, so I still have somewhat of a schedule during the summer. But the excitement surrounding the start of the new school year has kicked me into gear and I have been obsessed with getting our household running like clockwork. I am sure this will wear off by, um, next week. But I will go with it for now.
One thing I am super proud of is making healthy dinners each night. I am channeling my inner Rachel Ray and making 30 minute (give or take a few minutes) or crock pot meals. Again, this will soon wear off. I am sure we will be back to Tuesday pizza night at our favorite local restaurant and Lean Cuisines in the not so distant future.
On Saturday, after my group run, I accidentally drove by Trader Joe’s. I made a split decision to check it out. I had not been there in a few years. Not sure why I waited so long to return? But instantly I remembered how insanely awesome Trader Joe’s is and that it is completely worth the drive. From the ten varieties of hummus, to the rows and rows of ethnic frozen foods, to wide array of organic tortilla and potato chips. TJ’s, you’ve got me back hook, line, and sinker. Oh, and to the employee who chased me down to offer a frosted key lime cookie to sample. Thank you!
I walked out with a week’s worth of ingredients for at least six meals. I had no list, nothing I had to buy. Again, this was an impromptu trip (I had literally just finished running and had nothing but my credit card and driver license with me.) But it all kind of just came to me as I browsed the isles of greatness.
We’ve had (or will have) organic beef burgers, roasted turkey and sweet potatoes, beef tostadas with spicy black bean dip, orange ginger chicken and brown rice, turkey rigatoni in a tomato basil marinara sauce, and Cabernet beef roast.
Plus I got a bag of salad greens, chopped kale, baby carrots, lemons, avocado, hummus, everything bagel thins, my favorite triple ginger snaps (so good), and a bouquet of sunflowers for the dining room. And I walked out with everything for just $90! What what?! Yes, Trader Joe’s is worth the drive.
So, how long will I keep up the weeknight meal plan? That remains to be seen. But I’ve actually had fun with this. Plus we are saving money and eating healthier.
Do you meal plan? What are your strategies? Let me know in the comments below.