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Easy menu planning for modern teachers

Some times this is exactly how I feel.  Do we HAVE to eat again?  HA!  Seriously though, I love food.  I usually plan my day around food events…whether I am cooking or we are going to a restaurant or  I am celebrating someone’s special event.  I’m always thinking about what I’m going to be eating (oink, oink).  However, in reality, dinner can be tough. Especially if you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

When I asked readers to complete the survey a few weeks ago, many of you said that you need some easy recipe and life organization ideas.  Recipes that are super simple to make.  So, you asked, and I answered!  Starting this month (the next one will come out before the month starts–I promise), I’ll be sharing a post with some simple simple recipe ideas.  But before that…a little history….

A couple of years ago, my family adopted an easy dinner planning of sorts.  I know this is not rocket-science.  My schedule is not new, I’m sure of it…my mom did something like this while growing up.  However, I thought I’d share and expand.  In our family, dinner is based on the seasons, and what is fresh then we set a routine for dinners.  It’s not boring, I promise.  It can be if you want it to be, but it doesn’t have to be.  This rotation can be super healthy, or super not-healthy.  Just depends on what your family needs/wants.

To start the menu planning, I first thought about what my family really loves and then I set a routine/rotation.  Basically each night has a different theme.  You could do this with types of food like Italian, Mexican, etc. We do it just a little bit more specific.  For September, the routine looks like this:

Dinner #1: Crockpot Recipes

Dinner #2: Taco Recipes

Dinner #3: Homemade Pizza Recipes

Dinner #4: Sandwich Recipes (I know–sandwiches for dinner??  We LOVE a warm sandwich!  There are so many types and then pair it with some veggies…yuumo!)  Sandwiches can be healthy too.  All depends on what you put in them, what kind of bread you use, and if you use bread at all.

Dinner #5: Family Favorite Recipes (varies every week)

(I don’t plan dinners 6 and 7– we are just too unpredictable on the weekends.)

Again, each of these dinner recipes can be healthy or not.  Your choice.  For example, tacos can be filled with tons of fatty, not-good-for-you stuff OR it can be all fresh ingredients…even organic or gluten-free tortillas.  Each one of these can go to either ends of the spectrum.  That is what I love about our rotation.

For each month, I’ll share 16 easy recipes I plan on making gathered from some fabulous foodie blogs.  This month will have 4 crockpot recipes, 4 taco recipes, 4 different pizza recipes, and 4 sandwiches.  Family favorites are my go-to dinners like spaghetti.  My kids LOVE spaghetti and truth is…so do I.

I hope you can find some recipes your family might like.  If you leave this blog post with at least one recipe, I’m happy.  I’m going to try my hardest to find healthy recipes.  When it doubt, you can always cut your portion size and add fresh veggies or a salad.

Meal Planning for Teachers

Crockpot Ideas:

1. Slow Cooker Root Vegetables

2. Turkey Lasagna

3. BBQ Chicken Dinner

4. Orange Chicken

 

Meal Planning for Teachers

Taco Recipes:

1. Fish Tacos

2. Beef Tacos

3. Pulled Pork Tacos

4. Spicy Grilled Shrimp Tacos

 

Meal Planning for Teachers

Pizza Recipes:

1. Southwest Ranch Chicken Pizza

2. Sausage Pizza

3. Pizza Cups

4. Cold Veggie Pizza

 

Meal Planning for Teachers

Sandwich Recipes:

1. Shrimp Po Boy

2. Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches (we’ll be substituting chicken for the shrimp)

3. BLT Sliders (substituting regular bacon with turkey bacon and I don’t think I’ll be able to handmake the dough–just sayin’)

4. Philly Cheesesteak (I’ve made this recipe before and we love it!)

And there you have it!  Do one of these recipes look good to you?  Let’s try some.   And I will say one caveat—I don’t fancy these recipes up quite like the images or these bloggers.  I keep everything as simple and often times messy. Grab some links and go!

Here’s to easier planning,

April