Now that Labor Day is behind us, it's impossible to ignore the reality of back to school. Soccer and football rec teams have begun, and the evenings are filled with homework,sports practices and dance classes. With such hectic schedules, it's hard to get dinner on the table. Grabbing a quick dinner at fast food drive through windows seems like an easier solution, but by setting aside a little time to plan out the week on Sunday, you can take the stress out of weeknight dinners as you readjust to the school year routine.
Early Sunday afternoon, I sit down to plan out my week's menu. Knowing ahead of time what we'll be eating each night gives me such a sense of peace. I use the plan to make my grocery list for the week, and make ahead as many dishes as possible. A little planning means less time running back and forth to the supermarket, and more time to myself when I need it the most.
I found some wonderful make ahead recipes on the Bisquick website, easy dishes that the entire family enjoys, keeping me from having to play short order cook to satisfy different requests. This Sloppy Joe Supreme recipe is a one skillet recipe that reheats well. This Parmesan Orzo and Meatballs Recipe is also easy to whip up and the leftovers are great in the kids' lunchboxes.The biggest favorite hands down has got to be the Honey Nut Oven Fried Chicken, however. The combination of sweet and salty is always a winner.
If the return to the routine of the school year has you feeling overwhelmed and stressed, try my Sunday menu planning next week. You'll not only get your zen back, but you may discover some great recipes that will immediately be added to your family favorites.