September is here and summer is over.
A few things will change when it comes to meals. We probably won’t grill every Thursday because that pushes dinners back because we have to wait for my husband to come home. Eventually when it cools down we’ll start soup/stew night again on Thursday. Little D has late soccer practice on Friday so that has to be easy or prepared ahead of time.
So here’s what I have planned for dinners during the week in September. As always check Org Junkie for inspiration.
Monday: BBQ Holiday (Fish tacos, chicken fajitas and turkey tacos)
Tuesday: Shrimp Linguine, Salad and Fruit (Spaghetti, spinach lasagna and chicken-zucchini alfredo)
Wednesday: Kids’ Choice (easy meals picked by the kids)
Thursday: Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken, Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans (Greek chicken pita, baked falafel, Salmon)
Friday: Veggie pizza (turkey chili, salmon cakes, slow cooker chicken teriyaki)
More from Cooking Light…
The last week before school started we rented a beach house in Cayucos, California. We greeted and ended the day with these views.
We bought some food at the grocery store and basically ate out for either lunch or dinner and had the rest of the meals at home.
What struck me about eating while staying somewhere else is the simplicity. You just pick up a few things so meals are easy. One night we bought frozen pizzas to cook in the oven along with a salad kit which includes the dressing and add ins. Another night we grilled hot dogs (without buns) and corn with simple sides (another salad kit). I like simple because it means more family time. The whole point of this vacation was to relax and spend time together. And that’s exactly what we did.
We went to some of the local restaurants including this Mexican restaurant known for their cabbage toppings. Even though the food server said that was more than enough food I ordered beans on the side. Mistake!
We basically picked one thing to do each day. For example, one day we went to Cambria to see the elephant seals and another day we visited Morro Bay.
I tried to disconnect, only briefly checking email. After this much needed break, I feel ready to tackle school, writing and everything else that comes in September.
Were you able to get away this summer?
Don’t miss my posts on WebMD last month: Taking A Closer Look at Gluten-Free and Smoothies: Overrated or a Nutritious Must.
I’ll be incorporating tech time after school, play time and homework, the hour before dinner. This study shows moderate video game time may even be good for kids.
Many older kids are sleep deprived which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending delayed school start times for middle and high school students.
With tooth decay the most common disease in children, AAP released new guidelines for fluoride and brushing.
Natalia Stensko provides a guide to The Art and Science of Packing a Lunch Box
Estela Schnelle dishes on 10 Ways to Add Fruits and Vegetables to Your Child’s Lunch Box
5$ Dinner has 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas on Pinterest (with more details on the blog).
If meal planning continues to be a challenge, check this post our over at Org Junkie: Menu Planning: Are You Making These 3 Mistakes?
Well that’s enough for now. Have a great week!
The link to the AAP’s new guidelines for brushing and fluoride does not seem to work. Can you update it?
Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD says
Ok…just fixed it. Thanks for letting me know!