I think I need to bring menu-planning back. And probably the monthly goals. Maybe I'll work on that next week.
In the meantime, I am working on finding ways to get good, healthy dinners on the table quickly, when I teach piano till 5:30 or 6, and have a boy who needs to eat sometime before his 8pm bedtime.
Yesterday, I baked some Italian chicken, which I love, and baked at least twice as much as I needed for dinner. Tonight, my plan is to saute some of the leftover chicken with some veggies and serve that with some brown rice.
That plan meant I needed figure out something for the rice, because I switched to using the "real" rice, the kind that has to be cooked for 30-40ish minutes. Thirty minutes of rice-cooking is not conducive to a quick meal, so instead I made a HUGE pot of rice while I was making myself lunch, and it cooked while I was eating.
So, that's the plan for dinner tonight. Does anyone else figure out a plan by working backwards? I often figure out what I want the end result to be, and work backwards.
I'm trying to get back into the swing of things by cooking ahead again. I'm looking forward to having a freezer full of easy, go-to meals that are already prepared!