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Friday, August 06, 2010

As we near September and I find out I'm teaching a class I wasn't prepared to teach and starting grad school, I realized that life is going to be insane in the coming weeks. In asking other teachers how to balance personal life, graduate school, teaching full time, a second job, and being healthy, I didn't get a lot of promising advice. One woman told me that her family ate out every meal because she didn't have time to cook.

Well, that is not an option for me trying to eat healthy, lose weight, and save money! So how do I solve this problem?

Well, I'm trying to get ahead on lesson plans so I don't have to bring a lot of school work home. I'll tutor two nights a week but 4 hours a night instead of 3 hours. I'll get up early with Erik 3 times a week to bike ride before school and schedule the gym with Laurren and/or Kat 2 times a week. Okay, that's doable but what about food?

What's the hardest part about cooking at home? Planning!

Every week it's like pulling teeth trying to get my family to help me think of meals. And until I get my family to sit down and help me think of ideas, I can't make a list and I can't go shopping. So, let's really plan ahead.

I made 20 weeks worth of meal plans including shopping lists. I also included things we usually have on hand but that we'll need to check for since I'm planning so far in advance. What I did was select 12-13 items that I cycled through at random for the even weeks and 12-13 different items for the odd weeks. That way nothing is repeated more than every other week and many only once a month.

I included two days of leftovers. Or if we so choose, we can add a different meal or substitute a different meal. But if we get lazy or don't have time, we can just print and follow the plan.

So I thought I would share my plan with all of you.

These are the recipes I have selected, send me an email for actual plans and/or recipes! (But do it fast, August 25th I go back to school!)

Even Weeks:

Bacon Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken, Vegetable, Noodles
Chili, Cornbread, Vegetable
English Muffin Pizzas and salad
Pork Chops, Sweet Potato, Vegetable
Honey Garlic Pork Chops, Potato, Vegetable
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese and salad
Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken, Rice, Vegetable
American Chop Suey, Salad
Steak, Potatoes, Vegetable
Hot dogs and salad
Boxed meal with vegetable
Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken and vegetable

Odd Weeks:

No Bake Mexican Casserole
Spaghetti and salad
Cream of mushroom chicken
Grilled cheese, tomato soup
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
Baked Chicken with rice and vegetables
Pancakes and applesauce
Chinese Pot Roast
Ground turkey stroganoff and salad
Boxed meal with vegetable
Onion chicken with rice and vegetable
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    And many of the articles came from sparkrecipes so calorie information already easy to get!
    3524 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    Oh my gosh! I'm absolutely in awe of you! I'm lucky to have supper planned one day ahead. Half the time I'm cooking chicken in the oven or browning ground beef with one hand and going through a cookbook with the other trying to figure out what to do with it.
    3524 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/6/2010 12:49:19 PM
  • no profile photo CD314753
    I like your meal plan- everything on it is something my family would eat (which is highly unusual)! Good thinking planning ahead like that. I understand how difficult it is to make time in your schedule- I work 2 jobs and I'm getting my masters- life is not easy is it? But it will all be worthwhile in the end!
    3524 days ago
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