I hope you all had a great weekend! Since we had a wedding to attend last weekend and my daughter is starting her Nutcracker rehearsals, weekends are no longer working for me to get these meals ready for our week.
My make-ahead day has now moved to Wednesday (with a grocery day on Tuesday). Since I got started so late though, I had a hard time capturing a picture so I apologize for this week’s blurry image, but I hope you will find these make-ahead ideas inspiring!
Once again, we still have not dined out as a family and my husband & I only logged in one meal last week out so I am really thrilled how much this has improved our entertainment budget. Thanks to this great audiobook this week, I didn’t dread this task as much as other weeks, and moving this to a day while the kids are at school also helped it not feel so chaotic in the kitchen. Is it easy? No. Am I thankful all week long? You bet.
Approximate Time for Preparation- 4 hours plus clean-up!
The MomAdvice Make-Ahead
Pulled Pork (had this in the slow cooker while I made the rest of the dishes)
Homemade Pizza Sauce (I stole one from our freezer this week!)
Pizza Dough (I bagged the dry ingredients for my homemade pizza)
Grapes (removed from the vine, but I didn’t rinse so they don’t get moldy!)
Italian Meatloaf (minus breadcrumbs for a gluten-free loaf, pulled this one from the freezer!)
Caprese Pork Chops (marinated in pesto and sliced the mozzarella for topping)
Brussels Sprouts (trimmed)- to be made into Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Sliced Mushrooms & Green Beans (trimmed & stored in separate bags)- planning to roast them like this
Chopped Carrots & Celery (I store these in water)
Green Smoothie Packets (I use this recipe and froze the strawberries, bananas, and spinach in packets for the morning. This week I added some blueberries that were on sale!)
Breakfasts- Green Smoothies or Hard Boiled Eggs & Fresh Fruit
Lunches- Leftovers or Hard Boiled Eggs, Chicken Wraps or Salads, Chicken Noodle Soup
Monday- Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Fruit & Chopped Veggies
Thursday- Homemade Pizza Night
Saturday- SAYSFN (Seek and Ye Shall Find Night)
Sunday- SAYSFN (Seek and Ye Shall Find Night)