In terms of meals, we do a lot of grilling and "throw together at the last minute" stuff, like various types of salads. It works for us, though. I tried buying a week's worth of groceries to prepare nightly meals, but unfortunately we ended up not using all of the meat and I had to throw it away because it went bad. I HATE wasting food, so since we're able to do quick grocery store runs, we just sort of decide the day of and go to the store to grab a few items.
We've also been grabbing food when we're out a lot, too. I love eating out. Eating out = no grocery shopping + no preparing + no cleaning up. LOVE. The only downside to this, obviously, is that it can get expensive -- fast. I'm all about coupons and deals so we can enjoy meals out together without spending too much.
My son and I went to Wegmans the other night to grab a quick dinner and do some grocery shopping. He loves sitting up above the store and people-watching with me.
He had pizza and I got a lemon-garlic marinated chicken sandwich. I was too hungry to take a picture of mine, but it was GOOD.
My husband and I took D. to the movies earlier this week and we enjoyed some Mexican food afterwards at a place called "The Green Pepper." It was right across from the movie theater and the food was really tasty. Mexican food is some of my favorite! We also sat outside because it (surprisingly) wasn't too hot. I love eating outside!
My son had cheese quesadillas with chips and salsa. He LOVES chips and salsa -- just like his mama.
My husband got a chicken burrito and it was HUGE! His came with chips and salsa, too.
We hit up Carrabba's a while ago (my son loves the bread and olive oil dip -- again, just like his mom) and I forgot to show you this. THIS DESSERT IS LIKE HEAVEN ON A PLATE. If you like chocolate, you should already be at Carrabba's eating this. It's called the "Chocolate Dream," but I would have named it "The Best Dessert You'll Ever Eat in Your Entire Life." It's that good.
My in-laws have a little garden behind their house, and so far this year the cucumbers have been growing like crazy and are HUGE! Have a look at the veggie drawer in my refrigerator:
So basically we'll be eating a lot of cucumbers this week.
Another thing I've been doing is making up little snack trays to pick on before or during dinner, like this one:
Over the weekend, I made a big ol' salad with leftover grilled chicken. I loaded that sucker up.
One of the things I always try to do is make sure I have leftovers and that I use them. So, for instance, if I'm going to clean and trim chicken (a job I absolutely HATE), then I do it in bulk and have my husband grill it all at once. Then I have the leftovers for sandwiches or salads.
I'm definitely going to need to step up my game in the meal plan department once we're all back in school towards the end of August, especially because we'll all need packed lunches and quick breakfasts. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated!
Are you a meal planner, or do you fly by the seat of your pants? Just curious!
Okay - hope you have a great week!
PS - I'm hoping to do a giveaway at some point this week when I recap the last part of my BlogHer experience. Stay tuned!