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How to be More Awesome: The Busy Woman Meal Plan

The second I get home, I go into crazy mode.

The littles have been in their kennel all freaking day (um, because they cannot be trusted),

and 99.9% of the time one of them peed in the corner, which causes an instant mass cleanup of the kennel and doggie paws.

Plus at least once a week Boz, God love him, lifts his leg as to pee outside the kennel- thereby landing halfway on the floor.

Awesome.

And if I’m really lucky, occasionally one of them pooped.

Double awesome.

Scrub, scrub, scrub.

From there, it’s unpacking lunches and putting away dishes,

starting dinner,

feeding dogs,

cleaning up by the outside door where Will tracked in dirt from feeding the Bigs,

starting laundry,

cleaning messes,

and prepping food for the following work day.

(And a partridge in a pear tree!)

And that’s all before we sit down to eat.

And I don’t even have children.

I have a feeling the chaos level goes up about 30% per child, though I am certain one of you will correct me with a better figure smile

Bottom line, ladies- we are busy!

Whether we are lucky enough to stay at home with our kids, or work outside the home- we are working all day. From the time our feet hit the floor, until our heads hit the pillows we are on the go.

I am always very surprised to hear many of my coworkers lament about how they have no idea what to cook for dinner as they prepare to head home for the day.

?!?

We’re an hour out from having dinner and you don’t have a plan?

I have pulsed an, albeit fairly small group, but the majority of people I talk to don’t have a plan for what they are going to eat each night they get home.

So not only do they have to combat traffic on the way home, and “just get home madness,” but they also have to battle what’s for dinner- and persnickety eaters.

I cannot even imagine the added stress of staring mindlessly into the pantry thinking, “I wonder if I could feed Will those canned pears and boil up a side of this plain macaroni, add salt, and call it good?”

Who am I kidding? Of course I could.

Who doesn’t love bland macaroni with a side of mushy pears!?

Alright, joking aside, something me and P talk about is how incredibly busy she feels/will feel coming home after a long day and then having to continue to be “on” all the way until bed.

While I realize the odds of us not having to be awesome from sun up to sun down is slim (um, which doesn’t even matter because we ARE awesome from sun up to sun down!), part of awesomeness is knowing boundaries and being able to think outside the box and be resourceful.

Enter help.

We all need it at some time or another.

And knowing how to ask for it is part of being awesome.

I had the privilege of coming up with a meal plan for one of my coworkers desparate to create a level of civility and peace in the evenings.

Apparently, it’s amazing how much more smoothly things can go with a plan.

I soaked up every moment I got to do it, and had a blast! Perhaps I will share more about this experience later.

Today I wanted to a week’s worth of dinner ideas in hopes it inspires you for the week ahead, or at least keeps you from going gray or sticking your kids dogs in their kennel upon hearing their first yip.

I realize most families do not follow a vegetarianism lifestyle (including my own, which consists of a carnivorous husband!), so I obviously took that into account. If you’re curious, when I make these recipes I usually substitute my meat for tofu.

Each meal makes about 4 servings.

I realize some kids can be picky, but I tried to make these somewhat family friendly.

Definitely give the Meatless Monday and Wednesday options a try, though.

Who says you HAVE to have meat at every meal? It is a great way to transition to eating less meat (and possibly little to none at all if you choose one day) Not only that, but it will help keep a little more money in your pocketbook too!

Without further ado (because who has time for any more chatter!?), I offer you your week night dinner plan.

Meatless Monday- Enchilada Casserole

Sauté 1 red, 1 green, and 1 orange pepper, 1 small chopped onion & 1-2 jalepenos (depending on how spicy you want it) with one tablespoon of coconut oil.

Add 1 cup prepared enchilada sauce to veggies (we like the medium or hot kind, but the mild is good too).

Spread 1 cup prepared enchilada sauce over the bottom of a 13x9 baking pan.

Add four cups of cooked brown rice over the bottom of the pan.

Spread 1 can of black beans over rice.

Top with veggies.

Add low fat cheese sparingly (or skip altogether like I do for my portion).

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Top with scallions, guacamole, greek yogurt, and more enchilada sauce of desired

Tuesday- Citrus Tilapia

Place thawed tilapia filets in a plastic bag and add 2 TBSP lemon juice, 2 TBSP lime juice, 1 TBSP minced garlic, and a small can of mandarin oranges with juice (I like the “skinny fruit” version by Libby because it has far less sugar).

Marinate all day (or overnight).

Pour bag into a shallow baking dish and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until tilapia is white and fully cooked.

Serve with broccoli and a baked sweet potato (or if you are pressed for time like me, pierce a sweet potato a few times and microwave 6-7 minutes!)

Wednesday-

Fried rice.

Thursday Salsa Chicken

Place a pound of skinless chicken breasts in a crockpot and top with a jar of low sodium salsa.

Add about a cup of water to prevent burning (may need more or less depending on the amount of salsa in the jar you use)

Cook on low 4-6 hours.

Serve over brown rice or quinoa and top with guacamole, light cheese, or greek yogurt.

Add a side salad if desired.


Friday- Homemade Pizza!

Top whole wheat pizza crust with organic tomato sauce, part skim mozzarella, and various fresh veggies.

I love to make this a vegan option by nixing the cheese and topping with more veggies. Daiya also makes a great dairy free cheese that melts great, you could try.

So there you have it!

Five easy and quick meals that require little work. Hopefully less stress for you on busy days.

If this is something you would like posted more often, let me know and I would be glad to do so.

Have a happy dinner!

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