Sunday, August 17, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Back To School

It is a bitter-sweet time here in the Miller House, as summer winds down and we start a new school year. This means back to schedules, routines, homework, bedtimes, and adjusting to 1st and 4th grade!  Little Ni Ni will be making the move to the 2 year old room at daycare, so lots of  changes around here!

Dinner becomes more and more difficult as evenings are filled with multiple extracurricular activities.  Sticking with Menu Plan Monday's makes it much more likely that we won't be doing (as many) drive-thru grab and go's for dinner.  

The struggle, as I'm sure it is with most families is getting off work (5ish if I'm lucky), picking kids up from after-school care (praying they have finished their homework) and daycare, Josh and I both walking through the door around 6 (on a good day), having a STARVING almost 2 yo that wants to eat the second she walks through the door, and finding something to fix that is quick and "somewhat" healthy.  Those of you that know me know I'm not a huge health nut but I do have some standards :)

I recently read an article at Simple Marriage that speaks of the benefits of eating together as a family.  It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but as long as you clear away distractions and make time to focus on each other, you can reap some of these benefits...

1.  Eating together helps you connect
2.  Eating together provides an opportunity to practice gratitude
3.  Eating together helps you relax (ummmm, jury is still out on this one)
4.  Eating together encourages mindful eating
5.  Eating together improves nutrition
6.  Eating together is FUN!

Okay, on with this weeks menu!!!

Monday - Josh works late on Monday's so he doesn't get home until kids are in bed...keeping it simple and sticking with old faithful!

Sausage and Rice
*2 boxes Uncle Ben's Chicken Flavor Rice
*1lb ground sausage (we like it a little spicy)
*2 can biscuits

Brown Sausage/drain
Cook Rice as Directed on the box
Mix Sausage and Rice together
Serve in a bowl with biscuits on the side


Green Beans, Chicken & Potatoes - I have never made this before, but it looks super easy and it is all over Pinterest.  I'll let you know how it turns out!

Wednesday - Both kids have soccer practice so we will go straight there from school.  When Josh gets there to relieve me, I will head home to have dinner ready when they get home.

Breakfast for Dinner - French Toast Bake!!!

I love that I can prepare this the night before!

Thursday - Gymnastic Night...have little time to get food in their bellies before it starts!


Garlic Bread



sarah said...

Welcome back! You should add links for the know to help those who can't cook. They all look delish! So happy your back to blogging!

Karissa said...

Thanks Sarah!! The recipes should all link appropriately if you click on the name of the recipe. I am trying to figure out how to make that more noticeable :)