Hope you're back on a routine now that we're midway through September. For me, setting the week up by sitting down with the calendar (and the family) and getting the meal plan done helps a lot. We were already doing Taco Tuesdays, but now that the girls have an activity at 5:00 those nights, it's become a crockpot cooking day. I'll just vary the type of tacos every week, and then my son can prep the taco toppings so when we get home, dinner is on the table and ready to go. Gotta love those easy crockpot meals!
Do you have your kids help with family dinners? If they're young, ask them to help think through some meals that everyone likes, then ask for help preparing or setting the table. Older kids can take food out to defrost, put a casserole in the oven, or even load the crockpot in the morning. If your kids are home before you're home from work, put them in charge!
Moneywise Menu Plan – 9/13 to 9/26
Sunday: Balsamic Mushroom Pork Chops, baked potatoes and broccoli
Meatless Monday: Corn & Potato Chowder and salad
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos with toppings, black beans and brown rice
Wednesday: Meatball Subs and salad
Thursday: Slow Cooker Pork Ragu & Fettuccine with green beans
Friday: Pizza & movie night. We're watching A League of Their Own.
Saturday: We have a date night (very rare!) so we're eating out.
Sunday: Slow Cooker Portabella Mushroom Chicken, mashed potatoes and asparagus
Meatless Monday: Macaroni & Cheese with broccoli and salad
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Shredded Pork Tacos with toppings, black beans and brown rice
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Soup and cornbread
Thursday: Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken and leftover brown rice
Friday: Sausage & Veggie Roast
Saturday: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore and spaghetti
Do you have a night of the week that should be a crockpot night? Don't try to stand at the stove on your busiest night(s). Use your calendar to match up your meals. Take a look at these resources to find easy crockpot meals to fit your schedule:
Menu Plan Resources
- My Slow Cooker & Crockpot board on Pinterest (hundreds of easy recipes!)
- Freezer Cooking for Back to School – see how I prep bags of pork roast
- My Recipe Index — scroll down to the Slow Cooker section
- 20 Slow Cooker Freezer Packs for less than $150 from $5Dinners (that's my affiliate link)
- Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie